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Dan Higham

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05-24-2017 12:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question jointer planer milling

Hey All,
I have a 6” wide jointer and a bunch of 7 – 8” wide boards I want to flatten. I am happy using the trick where you flatten a section of the board and then pass it through the planer on top of a reference board, however, I am running in to one small snag which I feel is affecting the overall result. When I run the board across the jointer despite pushing it against the fence the board creeps towards me, almost as if the motion of the blades is forcing the wood away from the fence.

Any ideas what this might be and how I might stop this from happening. Any advice is very gratefully received!

Thanks

Dan


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them700project

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#1 posted 05-24-2017 12:42 AM

if you have a router you can build one of these
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDmkrn28U20

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#2 posted 05-24-2017 01:03 AM

Probably one side of the blade (by the fence) is less sharper than the other side. I makes sense since the fence side gets the most use. If you have an easy to move and adjust fence you should always use the other side so that with the big boards you will have an opposite effect.

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#3 posted 05-24-2017 01:54 AM

+1 ^^^ He said plus, since you’re just flattening the face you don’t need to be too crazy about keeping on the fence, get the starting point plane the other side, flip the board do the other side, now put that face on the jointer fence and square one side & rip the opposite, S4S

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#4 posted 05-24-2017 01:58 AM

Here’s a good way to handle wider boards than your jointer.

http://lumberjocks.com/tenontim/blog/26637

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#5 posted 05-24-2017 02:39 AM



+1 ^^^ He said plus, since you re just flattening the face you don t need to be too crazy about keeping on the fence, get the starting point plane the other side, flip the board do the other side, now put that face on the jointer fence and square one side & rip the opposite, S4S

- ChefHDAN


OP is actualky ysing much better approach

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#6 posted 05-24-2017 02:41 AM



if you have a router you can build one of these
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDmkrn28U20

- them700project


Can someone explain what the point? That gizmo would more certaainly work slower than hand planing with a lot of mess.

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#7 posted 05-24-2017 11:11 AM



Here s a good way to handle wider boards than your jointer.

http://lumberjocks.com/tenontim/blog/26637

- a1Jim

Never seen that particular method but I like it. Thanks Jim!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 05-24-2017 11:48 AM

He already knows about it.

I’ve done this several times without a guard.

Next time I will fabricate euro type guard :-0

I have no idea why the board won’t stay against fence. I would check alignment blade edge to rabbet in the bed.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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Dan Higham

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#9 posted 05-24-2017 01:56 PM

I think the router jig is a great solution for much larger, less dimensional pieces, like big slabs etc. The technique I am using is working, it’s just the rebate it’s producing is not straight because the wood is being pushed away from the fence. I will probably try mahdee’s suggestion, which is to try and cut on the other side of the bed by somehow moving the fence back a little or just removing it and using something external to the joiner as a fence.

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#10 posted 05-24-2017 08:27 PM

I think your best bet is to sharpen your blades before you begin. That way your blades wear evenly. I am guessing your fence side of the blades are pretty dull.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#11 posted 05-24-2017 09:49 PM

Why fight It Dan,You know your Quest for a 8 inch jointer is going to happen that’s if woodworking is in your future.:)
All these work arounds to doing a job right is just someone sitting on the fence.Boooooo

-- Aj

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