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Forum topic by Routerisstillmyname posted 07-25-2010 07:48 PM 1630 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-25-2010 07:48 PM

Few months back, I had set my jointer to what I consider perfect NO SNIPE
whatsoever Cuts.( those that know my obsession with 0.0001 calibration ) will know what I mean.
Now getting ready to do a serious project and I ran a board and oh my, choppy” surface on the wood.
I tossed out the old blades and slapped a new set in there and spend the last 3 hours getting it back to NO SNIPE condition but the choppy surface is still there even on different types of wood.
The only thing I can guess is this freaking heat must have somehow affected the belt or something?

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#1 posted 07-25-2010 07:58 PM

Not sure if scalloping is what you’re getting, but any cuts made using straight blades on a rotating cutterhead like on a jointer or planer are prone to some scalloping by nature of the rotation of the blades. Speed is a big contributor, but depth of cut, blade alignment, the material itself, and blade sharpness are also factors. I don’t consider a surface from a jointer or planer to be finish ready without some help. A hand plane or sander generally take care of it easily.

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#2 posted 07-25-2010 09:05 PM

Jointers can snipe if the outfeed table is set too low to the blade. Scalloping normally occurs with the knives not being properly aligned.

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#3 posted 07-25-2010 09:16 PM

Most often the series of ridges seems to come from either moving the wood too fast or having one knife a tick higher than the others. If you could measure the depth of the ridges you’d see how little the one knife has to be out to do that.
I have a story at the link below that looks at common jointer problems and the most common fixes. That snipe deal is in there and is genreally from the outfeed table being lower than the top of the knife arc.

Jointer Problems & Fixes Story

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#4 posted 07-26-2010 01:02 AM

You nailed it Tom, Think Before Adjusting….......

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#5 posted 07-27-2010 06:05 AM

Knott Scot and Boardsmith have it right. Slow down. Neither a jointer NOR a planer will give you a finish-ready surface. Some planers will come close, but you’re looking for too much precision from wood, and you’re looking for it too early in the stock preparation process.


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