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Forum topic by brantley posted 02-12-2010 09:08 PM 1284 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-12-2010 09:08 PM

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Ok, im not real familiar with this type of tool so bear with me. Ive got a good bit of rough sawn oak lumber i want to make a table with for my house. Im assuming ill need a jointer. I already have a planer. Is there any type of jointer yall would reccomend. Im on a fairly tight budget so nothing thats top of the line. Is there such thing as a hand held jointer or just the stand up kind?

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#1 posted 02-12-2010 10:38 PM

I have been real happy with my Grizzly G0452 … LJ John Gray did a review on it:

You might want to check out Craigslist site in your area. In the last few months I have seen what look to be some really fine deals on used jointers.

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#2 posted 02-12-2010 10:56 PM

Craig’s List is a great idea Dane.

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#3 posted 02-12-2010 11:27 PM

Well, if you’re planning on using the jointer to flatten a face, then the jointer has to be as wide as the widest board you have or you’ll have to rip them and then glue them back together. If you’re just looking to square an edge then it can be a small one (e.g. 4” – 6”). If you’re lucky and you’re lumber is pretty straight and flat even in the rough sawn state, then you might not even need a jointer. I worked in my father’s shop for years without once turning on a jointer. The other option is to see if there’s a public access woodshop (Woodcraft, community college with an open shop time, etc.) near you that you can use theirs for all the jointing you need to do.

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#4 posted 02-13-2010 02:43 AM

I can recommend the Rigid jointer from Home Depot. I’ve had mine for about 5 years and it has always done a nice job. I thought that when given the chance I’d upgrade but so far I would hate to part with the one I have. Just my 2ยข worth…

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#5 posted 02-13-2010 03:11 AM

Chris i would mainly be using it to square an edge on this lumber that i have.

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#6 posted 02-13-2010 04:11 AM

If your Lucky you lumber will be s4s LOL . Brantley 1st you should learn how to use one and why you nead a jointer. And most serious woodworkers do need one. As for a brand I like grizzly tools.

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#7 posted 02-13-2010 04:26 AM

I second the Ridgid jointer. I’ve heard that some HD’s have them on clearance at the moment, so maybe check that out.

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#8 posted 02-13-2010 04:41 AM

brantley, you can’t justify purchasing a machine to do what “just what you want it to now”. You’re stuck with it and I’m telling you, it will be one of the most used machines in your shop. I agree with TheDane (Grizzly G0452). I have one and love it.

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#9 posted 02-13-2010 08:27 PM

If your just edge jointing for now you can get away with a router/table. Just have your outfeed portion of the fence slightly different then the infeed portion. A easy made jig is to use a straight board with a piece of laminate on the out feed side of the board/jig.

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