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Forum topic by OleOlson posted 01-11-2008 05:33 AM 1407 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2008 05:33 AM

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I recently aquired an older (1970’s) Craftsman jointer. The machining on the fence and tables is not the best. If you run your fingernail across it you can actually feel the machine marks. This is my first jointer and not sure if this is even an issue. I’m wondering if I should try and smooth it out some or should I just leave it alone and wax it up. If I try and smooth it what would be the best method. First post, great web site! Thanks in advance for any advice.

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#1 posted 01-11-2008 05:47 AM

Hi Ole,

The most important thing about a jointer is for the tables to be parallel. If they aren’t you wont be able to make things flat. Put a straight edge on the outfeed table, roll the infeed table up until you can fit a playing card under the straight edge. See if the gap is the same on the left, right and all the way down the infeed side. You can do things to shim them square but it isn’t an easy exercise (tried it once, ended up with a boat anchor).

Good luck!

-- Scott - Chico California

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#2 posted 01-11-2008 05:50 AM

The machining marks shouldn’t make much difference as long as it is flat. I would not try to “fix” it

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 01-11-2008 06:21 AM

Gary is right, don’t “fix” it. Don’t worry about the machine marks. The important thing is that it is flat and parallel. As soon as you start removing metal, you will have a hard time keeping it flat. It shouldn’t effect the way it works anyway.

Don’t ever touch any cast table with anything but wood or steel wool it you want it to stay true. (No power tools!)

-- Happy woodworking!

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