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Forum topic by Fiddy posted 12-13-2018 12:21 AM 350 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-13-2018 12:21 AM

Few months back now I picked up a 12” Bridgewood Jointer which I was/am pretty thrilled with. It was a great find and I have been anxious to get it up and running. Here is the link to when I picked up and was trying to decide on RPC or VFD. Went with the RPC.

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/286649

After setting up last weekend I wanted to get the knives changed out (came with 2 more sets and one freshly sharpened) as well as to ensure everything was tuned up and ready for work. I’m a bit stumped and don’t have much experience with this so I thought I’d reach out. Here’s a quick shot if the unit with guards off etc. Just for an overall view.

Here’s where I’m at and what I’m asking. I have no manual and can’t seem to locate one, so if anyone had a lead there, that would be great. In taking off the guards here’s what I’m seeing. Clearly a parallelogram style, but what has me somewhat confused is I believe only the in feed is adjustable? Here are the pictures of the in-feed side and you can see the set screws in the bed itself which I’m assuming would need loosened/removed and then the corresponding bolts below would adjust the bed.


The above part seems straightforward enough, on the in-feed side, with the exception of this. There appears to be only 3 points of adjustment on that bed and not 4 as I would expect. Notice the set screw in the back and none to the front.

Now to the out-feed side – simply no adjustment is apparent, not that I can see at least. Here’s a picture showing that. The outfeed side has neither the set screws above on the table and also don’t have the bolts below as on the in-feed side, just to be clear.

I don’t have much more beyond this at this time, but if anyone knows more than me and is willing to chime in, I’m all ears. From what I can see it appears to be very closely designed in line with the Powermatic 12” jointer sold today, just not sure as I don’t have one to compare to.

https://www.woodcraft.com/products/powermatic-12-jointer-3hp-1ph-230v-only-straight-knife-model-1285?gclid=Cj0KCQiAgMPgBRDDARIsAOh3uyKc3WU5Tt-2zg731t9v4rkAEMXLMe4j6LcFuEcpgLU37vbLGlVGJMMaArkbEALw_wcB


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#1 posted 12-13-2018 01:04 AM

Sorry I cannot help but it’s very possible the machine could be adjusted only from the infeed. This does make it very simple because when both tables are moved it’s gets trickier to keep track.
Just be sure your using a reliable straight edge. Precision would be best but I know not everyone has one or needs one.
It’s a nice looking machine.
Good luck you can do it.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 12-13-2018 12:03 PM

Thanks, AJ – that part I’m agreeing with and thought that could make sense I think. What stumped me a bit further was the idea that there is only 3 points of adjustment for the infeed side. That front closest to the cutter head section of the bed doesn’t have a set screw or corresponding bolt below. Would three points of adjustment make sense, anyone else have a jointer with similar set up? Again if you look to the back of the machine behind the fence you see one of the 3 set screws available on the infeed side. Other two of course are down towards the start of the infeed table.

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#3 posted 12-13-2018 02:53 PM

Maybe the third set screw is for tilting the table to take out a twist? How far off are the tables what’s your plan of attack. Sorry I can’t be more help take your time think it through what each adjustment does. Which way will the table move when you turn something.
Get it all clear and you be fine.
Good Luck

-- Aj

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#4 posted 12-13-2018 03:00 PM

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#5 posted 12-15-2018 12:15 PM

Anyone else have any input here – nothing was found on any of the above sites as an FYI. Wasn’t sure if there was more to it, but I had checked them prior to this so not sure. Again, if anyone has any input it would be appreciated.

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