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Forum topic by ChuckV posted 01-29-2010 04:42 PM 1023 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2010 04:42 PM

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There is something that I am just curious about.

I am a hobbyist and I have a Delta 8” jointer that I use very often. For me, it is just a two-trick pony. I use it to flatten a face and to joint an edge perpendicular to a previously flattened face.

I am wondering if anyone uses a jointer for any of the other tasks that it supposed to be capable of? It seems to me that they can all be done better and safer using some different method, but maybe I am missing out on something. I am talking about cutting a bevel (with the fence tilted either in or out), cutting a rabbet and cutting a taper. Maybe the other uses are just a version of the old “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you will see every problem as a nail”.


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#1 posted 01-29-2010 04:59 PM

thats a good topic Chuck,

I personally used the joiner one time for a bevel cut – on my workbench (the rail that will hold the sliding deadman). but other than that I pretty much only use it like you – flatten a face, and joint an edge.

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#2 posted 01-29-2010 05:08 PM

Mine has a rabbet ledge that I actually use every now and then. Much quicker than setting up a router.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#3 posted 01-29-2010 05:30 PM

In addition to the ones mentioned above, I have used mine for tapering table legs. pkennedy

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#4 posted 01-29-2010 06:46 PM

Chiefk, do you free hand this or how do you maintain consistent tapers on the legs?

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#5 posted 01-29-2010 07:47 PM

I use mine to make bowed edges. Don’t ask me how, they just turn out that way.

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#6 posted 01-29-2010 07:59 PM

Greetings Chuck:.... Like you, I use mine for the above-mentioned tasks. I haven’t ever tried the rabbit set-up, as I’ve always been a little leary of doing it. It’s probably safe to do I’m sure…. just never have. I do need to try it though just to see if I can. A table saw or router has always been my saftey factor. Some things I get a little gun-shy on. To me, it don’t have enough a big enough lip to hang on to…... lol…...... later.

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