rough jointer outfeed bed

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Forum topic by UMP55 posted 03-06-2018 04:29 PM 296 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2018 04:29 PM

I recently bought a small bench jointer. The infeed bed is machined to an almost mirror finish. The outfeed bed is machined, but a lot more rough. Im getting a very small mark on my boards when using. wondering if there might be a small imperfection on the outfeed table that is “scratching” my board. I checked the knives and they are fine. Wondering if anyone has honed their jointer beds. I was going to get a small (6”x3”x1”) wet stone. I have a lot of experience in stoning large machined surfaces, so I know it wont hurt. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 03-06-2018 04:53 PM

I would just try wrapping a piece of 180 grit wet/dry sandpaper around a flat block and sand the outfeed table like a piece of wood. You will do no harm and you will probably take down any burr or ding that is causing trouble. Then, wipe it clean and put on a coat of paste wax.

If you can feel the offending spot with your hand or finger, you may be able to fix it with just a flat fine cut file.

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#2 posted 03-06-2018 05:24 PM

Hone it with the stone. You’ll use the stone regularly if you buy a set of chisels and/or hand planes anyways, and stone honing produces a more consistent finish as I’m sure you know.

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#3 posted 03-08-2018 05:58 AM

Do it once and be done.

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#4 posted 03-08-2018 03:34 PM

i honed the tables of a benchtop planer i had with no problems

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#5 posted 03-08-2018 04:50 PM

Hone it with the stone. You ll use the stone regularly if you buy a set of chisels and/or hand planes anyways, and stone honing produces a more consistent finish as I m sure you know.

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#6 posted 03-11-2018 07:46 PM

Take the top off and mount it to a table somewhere. Then go after it with a wet stone and plenty of oil, it may take a little while but it is worth it. Then protect that finish with paste wax, or a wipe on teflon wax.

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#7 posted 03-11-2018 08:39 PM

Thanks for all the feedback. I decided to return the bench jointer and ordered the Ridgid JP0610. I realized I settled on the bench model and wouldn’t really be happy with it.

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