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07-24-2010 04:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer

Since bought the Red Oak for my mom morris chairs, most of the lumber is over 8’’ and a few peices is close to 12’’ wide. I see now why so many woodworkers like a bigger jointer, I only have a Ryobi 6-1/8 benchtop jointer and I wish I had a 12’’ jointer I cant complanit because is given to me. What do you guys think about bigger jointers?

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#1 posted 07-24-2010 04:44 PM


Mine is a 6”. Sometimes I wish it was larger but I really don’t have the room- or the electrical requirements- for anything any larger.


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#2 posted 07-24-2010 04:46 PM

I have a 12” spiral head jointer it does make things easier.

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#3 posted 07-24-2010 04:51 PM

I really dont have the room or electrical requirements nethier. If I was still going to school I could use their 12’’ Northfield jointer.

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#4 posted 07-24-2010 04:52 PM

the question is not how wide your lumber is – but how big your milled parts needs to be.

If all the parts in your morris chair are under 6” wide, then you don’t ‘NEED’ a wider jointer. more than that – if you are trying to mill your parts as wide as possible just because your rough lumber is – it means that you’ll be wasting a lot more material then if you milled your parts to their respected needed sizes. a cup in a 8” wide board will take more passes to clear out than if you’d rip (bandsaw) that part down to a smaller size and flattened it.

unless you are doing large table tops made of really wide boards, 8” may be all you’ll ever need. so far – I’m doing quite well with my 6” jointer. if I ever need something wider, I rough plane one face using hand planes, and run it through my planer to complete the milling process foregoing the jointer all together.

Now – jointer bed length – THATS a huge deal. the table top jointers with the short small bed can’t really handle longer boards well, but a jointer with a long bed makes that process so much easier and safer as you get full support for your long boards.

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#5 posted 07-24-2010 04:52 PM

I have a 16”. Anything less than 12” is like assuming all boards come straight AND flat. And we all know better.

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#6 posted 07-24-2010 04:54 PM

I usually cut my boards down to rough lenghts before I run them though my jointer.

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#7 posted 07-24-2010 05:06 PM

if you need a 12” jointer ,

you better make a bigger shop first .

they will need room on both ends .

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#8 posted 07-24-2010 05:12 PM

I have an 8 inch and am very happy with it. It does all I need to do. What I wish for is a 20 inch planer.
Charles if you find your equipment is not big enough perhaps you can find a cabinet shop locally that can make the cuts you need for you or let you use thier machines.

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#9 posted 07-24-2010 05:39 PM

I agree with Purplev,

I only have a 6” joiner. When I run into wider boards that need planing, I straighten one side with a hand plane prior to running it thru the planer. IMO, 90% of your work will be in narrower stock.

BTW, CJ, your work is progressing nicely. Keep going for the challenging stuff. I have found chairs to be one of the most difficult projects. I admire anyone who can build one.


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#10 posted 07-24-2010 06:04 PM

I have an 8” jointer, but I wish I had a 16”!!!!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#11 posted 07-24-2010 06:10 PM

Thanks for the comments guys, you were very helpful.

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#12 posted 07-24-2010 06:39 PM

I own a 16” jointer—It’s been unplugged for a couple of years now. Obviously I desperately need it!
It is fantastic when you need it, but is really overkill when you think about the expense and the floor space.
I happened to buy mine at an auction for a great price. I would have never considered it new.

I ran my commercial shop for years with only 6” jointers, but it definitely depends what o
you are doing.


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#13 posted 07-24-2010 07:24 PM

I went from a 6” to an 8” with a long (43”) infeed table. I almost went for a 12” combo, but the tables are too short (lets not argue, I believe length matters, Ha, Ha, that a joke son!) There are many projects that the long beds are great for and there are days I need four more inches in width. So the truth is that if I could fit a 12” with a 42” in feed table in my shop I would. But I can’t so I opted for length. By the way, I bought the Grizzly G0490 8” and like so many others on this site I found it to be a great machine.

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#14 posted 07-24-2010 11:37 PM

PurLev gives good advice. Remember woodworking tools are a lot like race cars, the faster (bigger) you want to go, the more it’s going to cost you…

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#15 posted 07-24-2010 11:47 PM

I only just got a power jointer; until now it’s just been me and my planes…..I am very happy with my 6” powermatic. The only time I think I’ll have issues is when I process wide boards for table top glue up’s. When that happens I’ll revert to my old way of doing things.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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