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Forum topic by SweetTea posted 10-16-2017 09:53 AM 323 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SweetTea

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10-16-2017 09:53 AM

Ok so I bought an 8” Steelex ST1006 jointer a month or so ago and am just now getting around to dialing it in. I am starting out by getting the outfeed table parrelell with the cutter head body. My straight edge and feeler gauges say there is no problem on the rear end of the outfeed table, but on the front of the out feed table, I can get a .005” feeler gauge on both the front right and front left nearest the cutter head.

With that being said, I can adjust the cam on both the front right and front left sides to raise them .005”. I just don’t know if that is an acceptable difference in height, or if I should try my luck adjusting the cams? The reason that I am hesitant is because I know that once I go to adjusting the cams to raise the front right and front left, it could potentially throw the other sides off, and send me down an 8 hour rabbit hole trying to get everything parrelell.

The rear left and rear right are perfectly parrelell to the cutter head. Can’t even get a .0025 feeler gauge in there. And the front left and front right are both dead even at .005. Again, this is on the out feed side. What do you guys suggest? Leave it as is at .005” or continue on to attempt perfection?


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#1 posted 10-16-2017 12:01 PM

Have you run any test cuts? I think you are probably close enough, but I’d make some test cuts and see how flat a board you get.

Yes, once you start adjusting, you could throw everything else off. At least with the cams it’s a heck of a lot easier than shimming dovetail ways.

-- John

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#2 posted 10-16-2017 01:53 PM

Given that the gap is the same left and right, I’d probably call it good and just set your knives to be ~0.001-0.003 above the outfeed table. Theny you adjust the height of the infeed table to take a very light cut.

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#3 posted 10-16-2017 05:01 PM

I’ll throw in my two cents and agree that if your test cuts are good, I’d let it slide. I had a similar issue setting up my 6” Grizzly (I think it was a .004” or .005” gap), but my boards turn our great, and I alternate which side is fed through when face jointing to avoid any problems of excessive tapering this may cause: an operation that was a lot harder before adding an helical head cutter!

I haven’t even bothered to try correcting the fact that my jointer fence is a fraction (some hundredths) of a degree off 90: I just alternate which face of the boards go against the fence when edge-jointing for a panel glue-up (a trick I learned from a member here, though i can’t recall who).

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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SweetTea

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#4 posted 10-17-2017 09:19 AM



I ll throw in my two cents and agree that if your test cuts are good, I d let it slide. I had a similar issue setting up my 6” Grizzly (I think it was a .004” or .005” gap), but my boards turn our great, and I alternate which side is fed through when face jointing to avoid any problems of excessive tapering this may cause: an operation that was a lot harder before adding an helical head cutter!

I haven t even bothered to try correcting the fact that my jointer fence is a fraction (some hundredths) of a degree off 90: I just alternate which face of the boards go against the fence when edge-jointing for a panel glue-up (a trick I learned from a member here, though i can t recall who).

- Dustin

Well I don’t use my jointer for face jointing, only edge jointing. I would love to have a helical cutting head. I bought the Steelex ST1006 and was unaware that Steelex made a helical head unit until after the return period was over. Other wise I would have spent the extra $200 and gotten the Steelex ST1011 or whatever the model is. That model is exactly the same as the ST1006 only it has a helical cutting head instead of straight knives.

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SweetTea

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#5 posted 10-17-2017 09:22 AM

I will continue on with setting up my jointer and attemp some test cuts once I get everything dialed in. So far I have only made sure that the outfeed table is parrelell with the cutter head. Like I said in the original post, it’s only .005” off on both the front left and front right ends closest to the cutter head. I still have to install and set the blades, and get the infeed table parrelell with the outfeed table.

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#6 posted 10-17-2017 11:28 AM

I just bought the Grizzly G0490 which, as far as I can tell, is identical to the Steelex. I used this video from Grizzly to set up jointer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihua13Z740Q It was a little tedious but I got there.
If you can swing it, consider buying the Shelix cutter head : http://www.grizzly.com/products/Shelix-Cutterhead-8-G0490-/H8803 I swapped out the head as I was setting up the jointer. It is a great upgrade!

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