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03-19-2016 04:16 PM

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Hi All, i am just starting in doing some work-working and looking to buy a couple pieces off Craigslist. First is a Rigid jointer—Rigid Power Tools, Mdl JP06101, 6 1/8in or the Jet Shopline Jointer JSL-6J 6” x 48”. Also looking at a Rigid 13in Planer. All pieces are said to be in excellent condition. Does anyone have any experience with this tools and can you give me some feed back please.


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#1 posted 03-19-2016 06:12 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks Luis. ,,, Let me answer your question by asking a question.,,,,, what tools do you already have ? And what type of projects interest you.

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#2 posted 03-19-2016 06:20 PM

Thank you. I have a mitre saw, table saw and router I bought some rough wood didn’t realize all the work needed to do to it in order to be able to make a few shelves. I would like to make more shelves and possibility a table then other small projects. I also need to buy a biscuit joiner.

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#3 posted 03-19-2016 06:32 PM

You probably don’t need a biscuit joiner. The biscuits don’t make the joint much (if any) stronger and their only real value is some help in alignment of the boards in the joint. As long as you’ve got good straight and square edges that match well a simple edge joint with good glue is stronger than the wood.

I have a Rigid planer and it works well (although the first one I had suffered from a failed drive gear…) I think the Rigid joiner was good, and Jet tools are generally considered to be good quality.

Good Luck!

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#4 posted 03-19-2016 06:48 PM

Ok, I wasn’t sure about the jet jointer since its their shopline series. Both the Jet and Ridgid jointers are being sold in $375 on Craigslist. Just wanted to see which was the best. I believe the shopline series is discontinued which is having me lean towards the Ridgid. Thoughts??

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#5 posted 03-19-2016 07:11 PM

Hi Luis…just an observation…converting rough lumber to anything requires a lot of work (eliminating cupping, warping, checks, etc.) which involves a jointer and a table saw and a planer. Unless it is a “show-piece”, buy shelving boards and save your rough lumber for pieces that will be seen (one of the most interesting aspects of woodworking for me is seeing the final piece emerge from a rough piece of lumber, often not evident until the stain goes on)! With that out of the way, not familiar at all with the Rigid tools (Home Depot). I am pretty much a Delta/Porter Cable shop so no experience with Jet but as far as I can figure they and Delta have been considered clones for years and I don’t recall anybody complaining about them in the years I have watched this site. Biscuit jointer??? I have the PC 557…strictly used for alignment of wide board glue-ups. I think the concept developed before some of the newer glues which might make the tool obsolete.

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#6 posted 03-19-2016 07:15 PM

Either of those jointer should be fine.

I sold my biscuit joiner and never looked back. The more boards I joined, the more I realized I they didn’t usually need biscuits. For the rare occasions that a biscuit seems appropriate, I cut the slot with a router bit.

I’d think a planer would be a much better purchase than a biscuit joiner. In conjunction with a jointer, a planer will give you flat straight stock with a 90° square edge that runs consistently along the entire length of a board.

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#7 posted 03-19-2016 07:22 PM

I appreciate all the response and insight on how to do everything. Will definitely continue using this website. Thanks

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