Jointer fence blocked by lip of outfeed table, how to fix?

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Forum topic by jsmestad posted 12-14-2015 04:23 AM 859 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-14-2015 04:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question jointer fence clearance

Thanks for all who helped out with my jointer calibration thread ( I spent the weekend getting the tables into parallel which was no easy task.

Now I have a “fun” new issue. When putting my fence back on the jointer (Grizzly G0490) I noticed the steel plate that the fence rides on sits below the lip of the outfeed table. The manual has no details on how to fix this so the fence has enough clearance. Do I shim the fence somehow?

Best photos I could get are attached.

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#1 posted 12-14-2015 04:36 AM

The fence should articulate so that it can be above the tables. I tend to put a small piece of wood under it while I square it up. A carpenters pencil will do the trick. Once the fence is square and tight, take the pencil out. It will be a bit stuck, but it will come out.

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#2 posted 12-14-2015 04:51 AM

Check the fence attachment point.. you should be able to loosen it up, raise, and then re-tighten. At least on about every jointer I’ve had it was possible… not familiar with yours though.


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#3 posted 12-14-2015 04:59 AM

@firefighterontheside unfortunately that picture is with the outfeed table zeroed to the cutterhead body. I am going to give MrUnix’s approach a shot.

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#4 posted 12-14-2015 01:19 PM

Only think I can think of is the outfeed table is too high.

Are you sure something didn’t happen during the calibration?

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#5 posted 12-14-2015 07:33 PM

MrUnix, turned out you were spot in. I losten the bolts that mount the fence to the jointer and there was quite a bit of play there. I pushed the fence mount up higher and tightened the bolts back in.

Thanks everyone, jointer set up is by far the most frustrating task I’ve had in woodworking to date. You all have made it bearable

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