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Forum topic by EricLew posted 03-15-2016 04:10 AM 363 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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EricLew

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03-15-2016 04:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer moving transporting

I just got my first jointer, off Craig’s list this past weekend. I had always wondered how I would transport it when I finally got one. I didn’t know if I would lay it down, or take it off the base, or the best way of getting it in and out of my truck bed. I came up with an idea, that worked great, so I thought I would share it.

This is for moving a basic 6 inch jointer, < 48” table length, with a full size pickup.

I took some junk plywood I had laying around, it was 2 pieces of 3/8 inch I screwed together because I didn’t have any 3/4” except some nice stuff I didn’t want to waste. It’s 48” wide and 36” high. Then I freehand routed a couple of slots that I knew matched the width of the jointer base. If you don’t have a plunge bit, just start by drilling a couple of holes. Use ratchet tie-downs around the jointer base to secure it to the plywood. I planned on wrapping the jointer with a moving pad first, but of course, I forgot that step. Luckily it made no difference, but I still would do it next time.

After the front of the jointer is strapped to the plywood, just lean it back against the edge of the open tailgate, and lift the bottom, the tailgate supports all the weight and you can just slide it in the bed. it was amazing how easy it was, it took about 5 seconds. The weight of the jointer keeps it in place, unless you drive like a lunatic, but the width of the plywood between the wheel wells ensures the tables wont bang into them. The seller and I loaded it in, and my wife and I unloaded it, but I’m sure I could have handled it alone using this ” Frankenstein jig”

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#1 posted 03-15-2016 02:32 PM

Eric,
Nice solution. There’s always a smart way to do things, and you came up with a good one. I did somewhat the same thing. The seller and I lifted the jointer onto the tailgate that was covered with a thick piece of carpet. Then I just slid it back between the wheel wells. The weight holds it in place. Have fun playing with your new tool.

-- John - Huntington Beach, CA --- Growth occurs when we get out of our comfort zone.

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