New jointer (GO654) observations and questions

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Forum topic by Charlie posted 09-02-2012 11:14 AM 1261 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2012 11:14 AM

Never had a jointer before so this is kinda cool.
I cleared a lot of room in the shop and had visions of needing more space, but for anyone who is space constrained, I gotta tell ya this really doesn’t take up all that much room. The cleaning and rearranging DID give me a neater shop though.

I need to work a bit on my jointer technique, but after adjusting the outfeed table height according to the manual (that book thing that usually comes with new equipment), I am getting extremely good results.

I have ordered some G96 to protect the tables and fence, but in the meantime I waxed them with Johnson’s Paste Wax. Dumb question, but how do you get the wax off so you can apply the G96? What safely removes the paste wax?

Grain direction:
I understand about wanting to run stock through so you’re cutting WITH the grain rather than against it, but how do you handle a board where the grain changes direction?

And what is is about having the ability to mill straight, flat, true pieces of stock that makes me want to build more stuff? :)

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#1 posted 09-02-2012 11:52 AM

Mineral Spirits should remove the paste wax. But I have to ask…......Whats better about G96 over paste wax??
I use JPW on all my machines. It seems to work really well, so I’ve never investigated other options.

No real answer about the variable grain direction. Take small bites, do your best and hope for the best.

Congrats on the new jointer. Thats a great machine you got there. I’m jealous.

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#2 posted 09-02-2012 12:24 PM

First understand that this is the first large piece I have in my shop with cast iron to worry about. My table saw is granite. My drill press is small and easy to take care of as is my band saw. I’m seeing the G96 as long term protection when I’m not using the jointer as much. Paste wax might be fine all by itself. I really don’t know. I do know that G96 gets recommended a lot and for $12 I figured I’d give it a try. :)

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#3 posted 09-02-2012 12:36 PM

Congrats on your new tool! I would love to find room for a 6” jointer, especially if I could find one that doesn’t require a defensive lineman to move around the floor.

As for problem grain, Treat your knives to the same sharpening technique that you use on chisels and hand plane irons. The sharper the better to avoid tear out. I finish sharpening my knives on waterstones, carefully feeling when the bevel is flat on the stone. After going thru 800 to 8000 grit my knives will easily slice a loosely held sheet of paper. I like to adjust the knives so that they are 2-3 thousands of an inch above the outfeed table. Don’t assume that you get this kind of sharpness and precision from the factory.

I’ve always used Johnson’s “original formula” past wax. An application once or twice a year is all I need to avoid rust.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#4 posted 09-02-2012 12:36 PM

Congrats on your jointer.

A great piece of equipment in the chain of producing good square flat stock to work with. A must for fine wwking.

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#5 posted 09-02-2012 12:51 PM

Congrats, you’ll find the feed speed to be of importance when doing that squirrelly grain as well. Slow down and you may get past it without tearout…..don’t forget the small bites part.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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