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Forum topic by Don posted 02-05-2011 05:36 PM 1141 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-05-2011 05:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer joining question

Howdy folks….

I own a 6” benchtop jointer and I have never had much success with jointing edges to get perfect joints. I’ve read tutorials, watched videos and studied techniques ‘til I joint in my sleep but…..

Just his past week, I had to joint two pieces of Hickory for a cutting board. I took very thin slices (1/16”) and made a few passes but in the end, I always have a tiny gap in the middle of the workpiece which is amplified when I put the two boards together, both pieces having the same gap, about 1/64 – 1/32”.

Is it my technique or the jointer that’s at fault here?

Look forward to your help…..

As always, you are awesome!!!!


-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 02-05-2011 07:51 PM

It could be how the knives are set. Or it could be the way you are pushing material through the jointer. People have a tendancy to apply to much pressure on the feed side of the table, my experience is applying even pressure on the “outfeed table”, keeping work flat on that table, I use a push stick to move material across the blades.

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#2 posted 02-05-2011 08:45 PM

As with any tool the first thing you need to do is to fine tune your jointer before you use it. This is not difficult to do but it generally is very tine consuming and frustrating.
The wood whisperer has a good video about that:

-- Bert

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#3 posted 02-05-2011 08:59 PM

are bench top jointers adjustable? I owned a Delta several years ago and it wasn’t. And a funny phenomenon occurred where multiple passes would result in removing much more stock from one end of a board than the other and of course “unsquaring” a board didn’t help the middle of the board either. I learned to “flip” the stock end for end for each pass. Not the best solution where some boards only wanted to be jointed in a certain direction but the “chip outs” were almost always hidden when succeeding boards were glued-up.

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#4 posted 02-06-2011 12:35 AM

That’s what mine is….a Delta. I have never had good results with it so I tend not to use it. This was a short set of boards, ~16” so I figured, why not try it again.

Maybe it’s time to get a big boy jointer :o)

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#5 posted 02-06-2011 02:23 AM

Maybe it’s time to get a big boy jointer :o)

You are probably right , I bought an hardly used 6.00” Delta for $250.00 on Craig list. You can also look at Ridgid at HD on sale for as low as $199.0

-- Bert

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#6 posted 02-11-2011 12:42 AM

I owned that Delta for a while. It was OK for small-scale work (after I modified it quite a bit), but the tables were just too short to properly handle longer boards. If you have the space, a six incher with a 45-inch or so table length would be a worthwhile upgrade. I did this and sold the Delta after getting a Ridgid six-inch floor model.

Note that I actually modified the Delta. The infeed clamp only clamps the front edge of the infeed table, so I did some modifying work and installed another clamp on the opposite side of the unit. This stabilized the table surface and solved some problems. I also removed both tables and used a file to smooth down the mounting bosses so that the tables were absolutely parallel. I also installed a workable dust-collector fitting. I wrote about doing the mods on this site some time ago. It may be at:

In any case, you might want to modify your unit the way I did if a new unit is out of the question at this time.

Howard Ferstler

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#7 posted 02-11-2011 01:05 AM

another problem with these little guys is often the fence. I have a small delta too, and the fence is a tiny bit warped from one end to the other. That is, 90 deg at one end is not 90 deg at the other. To solve that I installed an auxilliary fence made of two pieces of 3/4” MDF glued together. It’s much longer than the stock fence, and shimmed correctly it is 90 deg to the tables at every spot.

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