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11-28-2010 03:49 AM

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I’m in desperate need to find someone who owns a Delta DJ30 12” Jointer. Would everyone who reads this Forum Please reach out as much as you possibley can via emails, blogs,Facebook, graigs list, web sites and try to help me find someone who owns this machine. The owners manual is incorrect on how to set up the tables and the knives and the tech center seems to be just as confused. It seems as if I’m the only person in the world who has ever purchased one of these Jointers. If I can find somebody who owns one then they should be able to get me back to making sawdust instead of sitting on a stool with a straight edge in one hand and a dial indicator in the other. I thought everything was fixed until I tried to face joint a nine inch wide board. I tried three different kinds of wood so a bad board is definitley out of the question. White Oak, Cherry, and Walnut all three are premium grade clear rough planks. As long as I dont go over four inches wide it does ok. But anything wider than that It makes a mess of things. Tapers from front to back, side to side and the funniest thing is that it turns a convex board into a concave board. It’s driving me crazy not to mention all the wood I’m losing and to top it all off I was suppose to have been through with a Buffet before Thanksgiving for a customer and now I cant tell her when it will be finnished. PLEASE , PLEASE, PLEASE Help me Thanks chris

-- Ive cut this board three times and its still too short?

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#1 posted 11-29-2010 11:04 PM

Would this be what you are looking for?


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 12-07-2010 02:14 AM


-- Ive cut this board three times and its still too short?

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#3 posted 12-07-2010 02:47 AM

Doing some internet searching reveals that you are not the only person to have this problem, but you are in company when it comes to not finding a resolution, I’m sorry to say.

I did run across a post on another WW site where a frequent poster says he owns a DJ30. Here is the link for the posting – you may need to scroll down a bit to find his specific post on the forum thread. Perhaps he would be kind enough to assist you?


Best of luck!!


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#4 posted 12-07-2010 10:06 AM

I had a 12” jointer for awhile. It had flip up tables so that introduced
some error. In the end, I didn’t ask it to work magic. When face
jointing, I expected straight and flat out of a wide board 4 or 5 feet
long, but facing longer boards usually meant a bit of going back and
forth from jointer to workbench where I would work the corners or
other trouble spots with a hand plane.

Taking material off one face of a board will cause it to distort – I usually
rough joint one face, set it aside for a day, then come back and joint
it to get the twist out, corners even with winding sticks and hunt down
bulges in the middle that would throw-off the planer. Then I run the
board through the planer, but not really hogging off a whole lot – I’m
looking to see if I can get the board to plane down without twisting.
A little bowing is okay but I want to get cupping and twist under control -
or at least gain insight into the character and potential of the individual

I set the board aside for another day or two and then maybe plane it
down a bit more, maybe working it a bit with a hand plane or with
the jointer. Once I get an idea about the stability of each board,
I know which will likely make it to the final cut for longer pieces and
which will need to be broken up for smaller use.

The point? Well, A jointer won’t make wood behave. Your jointer
may not be too badly out of whack, but even if it is, the important thing
is to observe the wood and correct problems as you go through the
milling process.

My 12” jointer had some problems but I learned to work around them
and do good work with it anyway.

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