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Forum topic by Davem23 posted 03-02-2017 09:13 PM 1309 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-02-2017 09:13 PM

I’ve been lurking on the site for a while and I thought it was a good time to become more active on Lumberjocks. Hopefully, there will be other members who find this topic interesting.

I moved to a new house a few years back and I had to downsize from a 1400 SF barn, to 1/2 of a double garage. I sold all the stationary tools that I had and acquired more portable/compact equipment. I could not justify a jointer due to space issues and I used a table saw jig for awhile. This was less than optimal for the large glue-ups I had been doing and I reluctantly decided to bite the bullet and get a jointer. I focused on either a 6” or 8” from Grizzly, as I am somewhat cost conscious. Unfortunately, back in January Grizzly had zero product shipping until March. This got me thinking of other options, as I always enjoy a good problem/challenge.

Solution: (crazy as it sounds)
My needs are to, 1) properly/safely surface rough hardwood lumber that is up to 8 feet long and 8-10 inches wide, and 2) efficiently use shop space. After reviewing many options, including the various DIY jointers, I decided the best approach for me was to augment an off-the-shelf bench top jointer. The provided pictures show the augmented jointer in all of it’s glory/ugliness. The good news is that it works great (so far)- I surfaced about 20BF of black walnut this weekend without issue.

What I like about the design:
-easy to build (15 hours)
-can surface long boards (total length=99 inches)
-can surface wide boards (remove guard, joint surface, run thru planer with spacer board)
-easy to knock down when full length is not required
-stable/well aligned enough to get good results (not perfect)

What I don’t like:
-It requires more effort compared to a normal jointer. I plan on leaving it setup for the next few months and then I will knock it down to the main cabinet
-Working in 1/2 of a 2 car garage

Sorry about the image rotation.

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#1 posted 03-03-2017 12:47 AM

cool deal man. As Larry would say “git er done”.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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