LumberJocks

12'' jointer?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Beginningwoodworker posted 07-24-2010 04:37 PM 1798 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Beginningwoodworker's profile

Beginningwoodworker

13347 posts in 3141 days


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?


22 replies so far

View lew's profile

lew

11348 posts in 3223 days


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

CJ,

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.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

115207 posts in 3045 days


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

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

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View Beginningwoodworker's profile

Beginningwoodworker

13347 posts in 3141 days


#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.

View PurpLev's profile

PurpLev

8523 posts in 3116 days


#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.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

View miles125's profile

miles125

2180 posts in 3473 days


#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.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

View Beginningwoodworker's profile

Beginningwoodworker

13347 posts in 3141 days


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

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

View patron's profile

patron

13538 posts in 2809 days


#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 .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View Roz's profile

Roz

1693 posts in 3254 days


#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.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

View vicrider's profile

vicrider

179 posts in 2366 days


#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.

vicrider

-- vicrider

View matt garcia's profile

matt garcia

1877 posts in 3140 days


#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

View Beginningwoodworker's profile

Beginningwoodworker

13347 posts in 3141 days


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

Thanks for the comments guys, you were very helpful.

View Kent Shepherd's profile

Kent Shepherd

2718 posts in 2754 days


#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.

-- http://shepherdtoolandsupply.com/

View mcase's profile

mcase

446 posts in 2597 days


#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.

View jack1's profile

jack1

2057 posts in 3495 days


#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…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

View Chris 's profile

Chris

1879 posts in 3459 days


#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

showing 1 through 15 of 22 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com