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Forum topic by AaronK posted 12-05-2017 06:21 PM 925 views 0 times favorited 42 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AaronK

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12-05-2017 06:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer

So I’ve got a 6” jointer (yorkcraft)... haven’t used it in at least a year, maybe 2 (i really don’t remember the last time). I’ve been doing edges with handplanes, and faces with a quick handplaning of the high spots and then running through the planer.

Any reason I shouldn’t sell it and free up the floor space and cash?

I’ve posted this in power tools instead of hand tools, thinking you guys could probably do a better job convincing me that those neanderthals ;-)


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#1 posted 12-05-2017 06:29 PM

Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it
If space is an issue id sell that one and get a smaller 4inch… but im bias, I do not have one and see how I could use one all the time LOL

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#2 posted 12-05-2017 06:30 PM

You don’t use it because it’s too small and you need an 8” or 12” :)

Woops, that’s probably not what you wanted to hear ;)

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#3 posted 12-05-2017 06:33 PM

It sounds like you enjoy hand planing edges. Me? Not so much. I have a 6” delta jointer and I use every time I make dimensional lumber from rough stock. The sharp 90 degree edge along the flat planed board means I don’t have to worry if the board will butt up tightly against another one if I’m gluing up wide stock. If I’m running it through the table saw I know the edge will be square and straight against the fence. I can tip the fence and make very accurate bevel cuts even better than on the table saw. I can hook it up to my dust collector and not have a big pile of shavings to clean up when I’m done.

All in all, I prefer the consistency, accuracy, and speed of a jointer to make edges for my boards.

That’s all I’ve got for reasons. Probably more if I really think about it.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 12-05-2017 06:41 PM

Why, if you don’t use, sell it. You can always get another if you change the way you work.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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AaronK

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#5 posted 12-05-2017 08:30 PM

I should say, I think my jointer’s fence is slightly twisted – i seem to get different results depending on where i apply pressure. I’ve aligned it so that it’s square right over the cutterhead… but it’s very much a manual, techniqu-ey process. And if i need technique, i might as well do it by hand – at least there’s no dust.

I feel like the 6” size is too narrow and beds too short to be good for large stock, and if it’s small stock, it goes almost as fast by hand.

maybe I DO need an 8+” :D

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#6 posted 12-05-2017 08:45 PM

The only 8 you need Aaron is a No.8. :o)

-- https://www.clickasnap.com/Andy61 - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#7 posted 12-05-2017 09:02 PM



You don t use it because it s too small and you need an 8” or 12” :)

Woops, that s probably not what you wanted to hear ;)

- AZWoody

12” ????

You spelled 16” wrong.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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#8 posted 12-05-2017 09:16 PM

I’ve always wanted one, now I have one.. I like it when that happens..

-- measure twice, cut once.

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#9 posted 12-05-2017 09:23 PM


haven t used it in at least a year, maybe 2 (i really don t remember the last time).

- AaronK

I think you already know the answer for you. I find a jointer to be the least needed piece of power equipment in a shop, as anything it can do can also easily be done by other means and you are already doing so. Someone else who works in a different manner may argue a different point, but they aren’t the ones in your shop. If you aren’t using it, why keep it around?

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#10 posted 12-05-2017 09:25 PM

Like you I seldom use mine but I have room in the shop for it so I keep it. I usually only use it to clean up the edge of a board….especially if my table saw is set up for something else.
I find my Table saw does a great job of giving me a nice clean straight edge on my boards.

-- Les B, Oregon

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DMC1903

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#11 posted 12-05-2017 09:28 PM

After purchasing a TS 75 and numerous bevel up Veritas planes, I rarely used my jointer. The Track saw cuts very nice edges and quality hand planes speak for themselves.
I sold my dusty used jointer, created more space in the shop…..No regrets

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#12 posted 12-05-2017 10:24 PM



Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it
If space is an issue id sell that one and get a smaller 4inch… but im bias, I do not have one and see how I could use one all the time LOL

- JCamp


Right! If you do not need a jointer sell it … and buy another one!

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Roy Turbett

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#13 posted 12-05-2017 10:52 PM

I was in the exact situation a year ago and got rid of mine. I use hand planes for face surfacing, and edge jointing when I’m not in a hurry. I use my router table for edge jointing when I’m in a hurry or have a lot of stock. I use a flush cutting bit and a piece of formica for a shim on the out-feed side. It gives a much better edge than I ever got with my 6” Ridgid jointer.

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#14 posted 12-05-2017 11:08 PM



It sounds like you enjoy hand planing edges. Me? Not so much. I have a 6” delta jointer and I use every time I make dimensional lumber from rough stock. The sharp 90 degree edge along the flat planed board means I don t have to worry if the board will butt up tightly against another one if I m gluing up wide stock. If I m running it through the table saw I know the edge will be square and straight against the fence. I can tip the fence and make very accurate bevel cuts even better than on the table saw. I can hook it up to my dust collector and not have a big pile of shavings to clean up when I m done.

All in all, I prefer the consistency, accuracy, and speed of a jointer to make edges for my boards.

That s all I ve got for reasons. Probably more if I really think about it.

- EarlS

I agree with this completely. Planes are to fly in!

-- "We Live In The Land Of The Free, Only Because Of The Brave"

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fuigb

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#15 posted 12-05-2017 11:27 PM

If space and money really are problems then it’s off with its head. But will the little money that it brings really change things? Your shop is in a U-boat and so every centimeter is precious? Only the OP can answer.

I want to get rid of my 6” Rigid jointed but for ideological reasons: I want to go power-free. But this won’t happen until I retire and can build up my weak skills.

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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