How to use a jointer

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Forum topic by agallant posted 01-07-2011 03:19 AM 2397 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2011 03:19 AM

Can someone explain to me the proper way to use a jointer? every time I use mine the ends of the board come up shorter when I put my strait edge on it.

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#1 posted 01-07-2011 03:29 AM

The wood whisperer did a couple video posts on this, I thought he summed it up nice.

This is the one to start on, make sure it’s set up correct first.

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#2 posted 01-07-2011 04:40 AM

Sounds like the outfeed table may be too low relative to the knives. The video linked by mathom7 is excellent for making sure your jointer is setup properly.

As far as technique goes, make sure to transfer pressure to outfeed side of your board as soon as enough wood has passed the cutterhead, and keep downward pressure on the outfeed side from that point onwards.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#3 posted 01-07-2011 10:47 AM

I have a few stories on setting up and using the jointer at the link below, scroll down to the Jointer section. The jointer looks like such a simple machine but in reality it is very technique sensitive. It can take a while to get used to even after you get it set up right. Practice is important so give yourself some time!

Jointer Stories

-- Tom Hintz,

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#4 posted 01-08-2011 04:17 AM

I second the Wood Whisperer episode as it is very educational.

-- Russ

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