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Forum topic by EBreindel posted 10-17-2017 12:53 PM 312 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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EBreindel

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10-17-2017 12:53 PM

Hello,
I am a beginning woodworker and just purchased my first jointer. I have very limited and by limited I mean no experience dialing in or setting up a jointer. I read many posts and articles online. I am unable to get the table coplanar and level using my various cheap straight edges and levels. I cant seem to figure out how to remove the jointer body from the base to shim the table to level. I thought there would be 4 bolts or something but I am not seeing anything obvious after my inspection last night. I was hoping maybe someone with the same or similar model may know how to do this. I have a reliant 6 inch model : dd39C
Thank you for your help,
Eric


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#1 posted 10-17-2017 01:01 PM

You don’t need level, just flat. You need to be able to set your infeed and outfeeds to the same height and have a long straight egde( a level) touch at all points along both tables. Once this is acheieved, you need to have the outfeed table set to the same height as the knives. Then the infeed table needs to be set at a level below the knives. The difference between the infeed table and knives is the amount you will remove with each pass. There is no need to remove the jointer from its base.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 10-17-2017 01:05 PM

Thank you firefighter!—That makes sense.

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#3 posted 10-17-2017 11:15 PM

You bet. Now make some flat boards.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 10-17-2017 11:57 PM

Marc Spagnuolo (search for The Wood Whisperer) has a very good video about setting jointer knives.

If you don’t have a good straightedge, buy a ~4-6ft 1×2” aluminum extrusion from Grainger (free shipping if you pick it up at a store). They are as close to dead flat as you can get without spending a mint on some precision machinists straightedge, and they only cost $30. I just got a six footer for $33 and it’s flat.

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#5 posted 10-18-2017 12:07 AM

There must be gib screws for the sliding ways
somewhere, presumably on the back side.

Article on tuning jointers.

Sections of beer can may be adequate for shimming.

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#6 posted 10-18-2017 12:16 AM

Dont mess with shimming the tables if they are not properly ground form the factory then return it. Spend your time learning how to set the knives.
It’s also a good idea to have a second set of blades so look for some M2 or t1 high speed steel. Did the jointer come with knives if so I wouldn’t count on them to be very good.

-- Aj

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