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Forum topic by jdyke posted 03-08-2011 08:29 PM 1999 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2011 08:29 PM

Im in need of a Jointer for my shop im just starting out and dont have very many tools Currently i have a Craftsman Table saw (contractor saw) and a 12” csm craftsman also. I have some routers and sanders and several C3 19.2 cordless tools. not sure how i ended up with so much craftsman stuff but i did. I would consider buying any brand joitner not partial to craftsman. I do woodworking as a hobby and cant afford an extremely high dollar machine.

So my question is what brand is affordable for me and works well? I tend to like cabinetry so i need one sooner than later probably. Is a 4” worth buying is a 6” too much for me? please help! what are the pro’s and con’s of a benchtop?

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#1 posted 03-08-2011 09:05 PM

What brand is affordable: Used! I have a used 4” Craftsman and it is acceptable, but I wish I had the 6”. Lots of stuff listed on Craigslist.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#2 posted 03-08-2011 09:32 PM

Benchtop jointers were covered pretty well in a recent thread. This type of jointer didn’t get many favorable comments.

Hand planes are making a strong comeback in woodworking, and with good reason. If edge jointing, in preparation for gluing is a primary concern, The #5 and #7 jointer planes can do this easily. In fact, on longer boards, after jointing edges on my jointer, I still use a #5 to create a small concavity in the middle. Thus when I glue and clamp there is a slight “spring” that makes the ends tight.

I don’t use a jointer to flatten a board. With winding sticks, I use a #5 hand plane to remove twist. It can also be used to address problems of bow or cup. I don’t have to completely plane the whole surface. I just remove the glaring problems and then run the board thru the planer.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#3 posted 03-08-2011 10:21 PM

I have a 6” counter top jointer. If you run anything over about 3’ or 1 m long it can tip. It is nearly impossible to flatten anything over 6” wide safely so its primary use is edge jointing for a rough edge (its too short for long boards). If you are going to get a power jointer, get an 8” or bigger if you have space and get as long a top as possible. They are heavy and take up shop space but after using a 12” version at the one of my lumber suppliers, it makes short work of flattening an 11” wide piece of wood.

Unless you are doing small stuff, I find this equipment dangerous. I cannot put the larger equipment in my basement because I cannot get it down the stairs – my wife said I can’t have it in the living room.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#4 posted 03-08-2011 10:59 PM

I’ve bought 2 6” jointers over the year. 1 was 150$ and 1 was 75. Niether was something i would rave about but both worked. I just ordered a new 6” from grizzly for 400$ just because the others were short beds and i wanted a longer bed. If you watch craigs list and ebay you can get some good deals, just make sure the bed and fence are flatand not warped

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#5 posted 03-09-2011 01:43 AM

I agree 6” is minimum which usually has a 4’ bed. I wish I could go 8” or better but I don’t own a forklift to get it off a truck and into the shop (the 6” is just about my limit).

jointers are also used to true-up “cupped” boards before they go to the planer, hence the wider the better (although for stock material in panel glue-ups I never go wider than 6” anyway).

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#6 posted 03-09-2011 02:00 AM

I have a 6” powermatic 54a and I would recommend it to any hobbyist. You can get by with cheaper equipment in your shop but there’s a few tools you’ll want to go the extra mile on and a jointer is one of them.

There’s a 16” jointer made in 1942 that I’m hoping to get this spring if the guy still has it.


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#7 posted 03-09-2011 02:04 AM

I have this 6 inch Jointer. It was a Craigslist purchase for $150. I used this jig to sharpen the jointer blades and a Oneway Multi Gauge to set the knives after I sharpened them. I am delighted with these purchases. The quality of my projects increased significantly.

-- Chuck Anstrom - Virginia

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#8 posted 03-09-2011 02:42 AM

wow chuck I wish I could get that jointerfor $150.00! I’m hoping to stay under or around 200!

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#9 posted 03-09-2011 03:28 AM

jdyke, 6” $200 jointers are out there. You just have to make the decision to go for it (you may have to drive a little to get it) and search for what you want. Auctions (both on line and in person) and classified. Another thing to think about is that you may need to refurbish it when you get it.Over the years I have bought two 4” jointers for a total of $15.00. All they took was a little cleaning and some paint.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#10 posted 03-09-2011 03:41 AM

I’ll tell you what I wanted a 8 inch jointer or biger. Everyone was telling me to get that as well. End up getting a 6 inch jointer. I’m not disappointed with my purchase. Yea occasionally I have to rip a board to fit on it but it has not been a major issue. 4 inch I think I would have had problems with. What ever you do go with the spiral cuters. Changing blades suck. They don’t last long.

Here is what I have, Just realized they raised the price. Whoa.

I don’t think you’d be disappointed.

-- Who can I block now???????????????????????

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