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RussellAP

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756 days ago

I have a HF jointer. I use it primarily to get the ‘fuzz’ off the WRC and make Adirondack chairs.
It snipes about an inch or so on each board I run through it.
Have I got it set up wrong or is that just the nature of the beast?
I don’t really mind it, a little 60 grit on a disk sander removes it.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 756 days ago

Russ,
I’ve spent many pleasant(?) hours attempting to eliminate the snipe on my 40 YO Craftsman. There are just way too many variables to screw around with, ever so slightly twisted wood, blade(s) too high, in feed/ out feed not properly aligned/coplanar…...identify the problem, fix it, and it doesn’t change the result, move to the next variable and on and on in circles. I just end up with lots of shavings on the floor and the same snipe!
I finally surrendered! I make sure the tables are co planar and the blades are set properly relative to the in feed and just live with the result.
My “V” sander is the go to machine for flatness now, anyway. The jointer and planer are just to get the pieces ready for truly flat on the sander.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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MrUnix

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#2 posted 756 days ago

You should not get any snipe on a properly set up jointer. The most common cause of snipe is the outfeed table being lower than the knives at the top of their arc.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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tyskkvinna

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#3 posted 756 days ago

It took me and a buddy roughly 2 hours to calibrate the jointer and now—if you use it properly—there is no snipe.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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jim454

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#4 posted 756 days ago

I had a HF jointer never could get to cut square took it back bought a Jet. Like MrUnix said most common cause of snipe is the outfeed table being lower than the knives at the top of their arc.

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PurpLev

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#5 posted 756 days ago

a properly setup jointer should not have snipe (a thickness planer on the other hand…. ). it’s a very simple machine and unless something is not setup properly there is no reason for snipe on it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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RussellAP

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#6 posted 756 days ago

I’ll try raising the outfeed table a bit.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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chrisstef

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#7 posted 756 days ago

You can try unplugging the machine and laying a piece of wood on the outfeed table covering the cutterhead but not touching the infeed table and manually rolling back the cutterhead, if the wood moves your outfeed table is too low. Adjust it until the knife just barely moves the wood.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Loren

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#8 posted 756 days ago

Wood compresses and springs back a tiny bit on the
jointer… you can set the outfeed table at the same
level as the edge of the knife at the top of the arc
or a tiny increment below with the knife ever so
slightly proud. Sniping is caused by the knives being
too proud.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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