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Forum topic by Charlie H. posted 11-21-2017 02:34 AM 2137 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Charlie H.

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11-21-2017 02:34 AM

I just bought a second hand (but still brand new in the box) Ridgid jointer. Paid $400. Considering all the compromises involved I think this is a good purchase for me.
Looking forward to bolting it together and trying it out, but if I am realistic about the timeline it will probably be mid December maybe even January before that happens.
In any case I am excited to have the new addition to my workshop.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------


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pmayer

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#1 posted 11-21-2017 02:38 AM

sweet! Looking forward to hearing the report on the new toy. Jointer is a game changer!

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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Firewood

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#2 posted 11-21-2017 03:13 AM

Congrats on the new jointer. You will definatly enjoy what it can do for you.

I looked at your projects and gotta say you do nice work. I like your hinges. I will have to give them a try.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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Charlie H.

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#3 posted 11-21-2017 03:32 AM

Thanks guys. I am going to retire December 31 and I am really looking forward to being able to spend some real time in the workshop. Plenty of home improvement projects as well as recreational woodworking projects that I want to do.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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Firewood

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#4 posted 11-21-2017 04:05 AM

Congrats on your retirement. I pulled the plug about 2 1/2 years ago. No regrets.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 11-21-2017 07:39 AM

Now you need some crooked boards

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#6 posted 11-21-2017 10:37 AM

There’s nothing quite like having straight square stock to start a project! Enjoy!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Charlie H.

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#7 posted 11-21-2017 02:24 PM



Congrats on your retirement. I pulled the plug about 2 1/2 years ago. No regrets.
- Firewood

Thank you I am nervously looking forward to it. I have had an ‘official ’ job since I was 16. This is going to be new territory for me.


Now you need some crooked boards
- Carloz

Haha, hopefully the mere threat of the jointer will keep all of my boards straight and true.


There s nothing quite like having straight square stock to start a project! Enjoy!
- knotscott

I know you speak truth.
I thought building small projects would mitigate needing ‘perfect’ stock, but I have found there’s no amount of clamping that will twist a 6” x 3” x 1/2” thick piece of hardwood into an acceptable corner joint for a jewelry box.
I learned how to use the planer to flatten boards and it works pretty good.
Hopefully I will use the jointer a lot and it will be better than using the planer.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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#8 posted 11-21-2017 05:24 PM



There s nothing quite like having straight square stock to start a project! Enjoy!

- knotscott


+1

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Charlie H.

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#9 posted 01-27-2018 04:16 AM

Hello again.
This week has been my first opportunity to spend any time in my garage / workshop this year.
I have mostly been pondering how I want to get everything arranged and doing some cleaning.
For no good reasons I seem particularly attached to all of my small (pretty much worthless) offcuts and scraps.

One of the projects accomplished was to assemble and test run the Rigid jointer I bought in December.
The instructions were good and easy to understand.
All of the hardware was clearly labeled and good quality.
The machine was well packed and all parts present.
I bought a HTC2000 mobile base for it.
I have seen some comments that indicated the jointer base had flex in the legs, and while it seemed pretty sturdy I decided to mount the the legs to a piece of 1/2” Baltic birch plywood and fitted the plywood base into the mobile base.
This also adds a shelf under the jointer.
I built the jointer upside down on a work table.
There really were not any issues with the assembly.
Once it was bolted together my plan for getting it off the table and onto the floor was to have my son come over and do most of the heavy lifting. That got thwarted though because he had travel plans.
So I pondered on it trying to figure out how to get it onto the floor without hurting myself or the machine.
I built a ramp by screwing a long 2×4 across the short end of a 36×60 piece of plywood and using ratchet straps to go completely across and under the workbench top to hold the 2×4 onto the work bench.
I slid the jointer upside down slowly down the ramp and let the end of the bed land on another piece of plywood on the floor.
I tumbled the jointer over the end of the bed until it rested on the bed and the end of the mobile base that is bolted to the legs and the continued to tumble it upright.
I probably never had to lift 1/2 of the weight and each move was easy to control and gentle.
The shipping oil wiped off easily with kerosene and all the machined surfaces got waxed.
Thankfully the beds and blades came aligned, and the fence only needed a little adjustment to hit 90 deg.
I didn’t check the other stops, if I ever use one I will set it at that time.
There was a piece of 4/4×5” x 4 ft long oak handy to try it out on. I edge and faced jointed it and I am really pleased with this tool. Two sides square real easy.
I am really looking forward to using this new capability.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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jimintx

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#10 posted 02-15-2018 04:47 PM

Happy to read this post. I bought a new Ridgid 6” jointer, a long while back, and then I let the box sit unopened for an embarrassingly long time (too many distractions).

Since I built out my shop 3 years ago, it has been a really nice tool to have. Mine is the older design, model JP0600, with an enclosed cabinet base rather than the splayed leg version. I have it on an HTC 2000 base, also. I think it is a remarkably fine machine. I thought it was a bargain when I bought it from Home Depot, and I think yours is too.

I have several other machines, with legs, on that model base. In each case I built a 2×4 and plywood frame insert and used lag screws to attach the legs to that insert. The insert is also lag screwed onto the metal frame of the base. The wooden insert frame adds rigidity as well as more storage – gotta love that.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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Charlie H.

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#11 posted 02-16-2018 03:34 AM

I have used it a few times, mostly just testing it out and learning how to push the boards through it to get the best cut.
It is a very welcome addition to the shop.
I used it on this iPad stand to flatten the glue up. I have never been able to do that so easily before. Two light passes on each side and it was done.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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#12 posted 02-16-2018 04:41 AM

I owned a Ridgid jointer for about 10 years and it always did a great job for me.

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