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Forum topic by Scott C. posted 06-24-2016 01:49 AM 771 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Scott C.

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06-24-2016 01:49 AM

I have a small basement shop, about 12’x20’. In spite of the size, I’ve come to the point where I’m determined to make it work for me and not let my lack of floor space determine my choice in machinery. I recently bought an 8 inch jointer but didn’t have a great option for positioning it in my shop. I ended up installing some 2” steel tubes and longer mounting bolts between the mobile base and the jointer, which allowed me to position it in front of my table saw and still pass boards over the top of the table saw. I can joint 5’ boards without moving or setting up the jointer, and can quickly move the jointer towards the table saw to joint a 7’ board, which is probably a bit more then this jointer can handle anyways.

Hopefully some other Lumberjocks out there find this useful. Next on the list is figuring out how to make a 20” planer work, but the tool jar needs a few more bucks in it first.

-- measure twice, cut once, swear and start over.

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#1 posted 06-24-2016 03:38 AM

I have a basement shop also ,its a challenge. For me, raising the jointer to table saw height would make it too hard to operate the jointer. I have several heavier machines in my basement shop, 12-14” table saw, 18” bandsaw, 8” jointer, 16” planer “old Powermatic”, and a shaper that weighs 2000lbs.
I have most of the machines at the same height including my work bench. The larger machines dont take up more room then smaller machines.

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#2 posted 06-24-2016 06:02 AM

A jointer should be able to properly joint a board approximately twice the overall length of it’s bed. Typical 82-84” bed should be able to handle a 13-14’ board, albeit with some difficulty if the board is heavy.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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