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Forum topic by david_larch posted 02-25-2013 02:42 AM 1839 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2013 02:42 AM

I am setting up my Grizzly G0452 jointer and am having a hard time getting the tables set or coplanar. I have a starrett 50” straight edge and a couple sets of feeler gauges. My out feed table seems good to go so I am working from there. The cutter end of the infeed table is dead even with the out feed. The other end of the infeed droops in the range of .02

I have watched the wood whisperer setup vid plenty but I don’t have a parallelogram table so…

I can’t figure out how to shim it, where to shim it, and how the 3 jib screws are affecting my adjustments. The manual states they are to decrease play in the tables but they defn adjust the table.

Basically I’m frustrated and out of ideas.



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#1 posted 02-25-2013 04:53 PM



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#2 posted 02-25-2013 05:10 PM

I am not an expert with the Grizzly brand, however on my Jet you simply loosen the gib screws in back. Then make your adjustments for a coplanar table, and retighten the gibs. You don’t need a parallelogram jointer to adjust the tables.
.02 is pretty good. I would test joint two boards, and lay them together. If it produces good joints, then your done.

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 05:18 PM

I have the same jointer and had to shim my outfeed table. The procedure as I recall goes roughly like this:

1. loosen gib screws a little
2. lift up the end of the table slighly and slide some shim stock up under the part of the table that rides on the ways. If you are out .02 on both the fence and rabbeting side, then start with something like a .005 shim under each side (fence and rabbeting).
3. Tighten gib screws to be snug, but not tight, especially since the infeed table is the one that goes up and down
4. Recheck, repeat as necessary.

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#4 posted 02-25-2013 05:29 PM

Thank you for the reply. I think this is what I needed.

Turns out I likely have to shim the outfeed to match the infeed, which was counter-intuitive to me. I will try that tonight.


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#5 posted 02-25-2013 06:59 PM

Give this scott morton site a shot -

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#6 posted 02-25-2013 07:14 PM

David … I have a G0452, but never had any problem with the tables being coplaner.

I did, however, have a problem with one of the knives … it was knicked … and got both a replacement set of knives and good tech support from one of Grizzly’s techs. He wanted to make sure there wasn’t a burr in the casting that would knick replacement knives, and stepped me through checking/removing any burrs.

I would give them a shout.


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