Adjusting beds on Shop Fox w1745 jointer for coplanar

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04-01-2013 12:54 AM

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I picked up a shop fox w1745 jointer on Craigslist, I am on a limited budget to support my new obsession and I got it for a steal. After getting the rust cleaned up, and sending the blades off for a much needed sharpening, I need to get the beds into coplanar.

There is nothing in the manual, and no obvious adjustment points to do so. Google has been no help. Does anyone out there have any experience tuning one of these machines up?

Thank you for any help/guidance!

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#1 posted 04-01-2013 03:32 PM

Anybody contain the sage wisdom to help an aspiring wood worker tame his meager tools?

(Also, I am unaware of any kind of “no-bump” policy. Please inform me if this is a no-no.)

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#2 posted 04-01-2013 07:57 PM

In case future Jocks are looking for this information, I heard back from their technical support today:

It will be necessary to level the infeed table to the cutterhead and blades first.

To level the infeed table with the cutterhead assembly or blades it will be necessary to perform one of the following. To level the infeed table with the blades is will be necessary to adjust the blades by loosening the gib and adjusting the level of the blades with a straight edge to match the level of the infeed table. It is also possible to shim the cutterhead body to level it with the infeed table. Once the infeed table has been leveled with the blades or the cutterhead assembly it will be necessary to level the outfeed table with the cutterhead as well.

To level the outfeed table with the cutterhead it will be necessary to insert shims between the dovetails of the outfeed table and main casting as needed to make sure it is level with the cutterhead and blades. Small strips cut from a pop can work best as shims.

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#3 posted 04-01-2013 08:13 PM

Interesting approach.
All the instructions I had seen was to make the outfeed coplaner with the infeed table, by Adjusting (shimming) the outfeed table.
THat is mainly because you rarely move the outfeed table around.

The knife blade adjustment was always done last, because you can set the knives in many ways. For example you can make the cuter head essentially a big CONE, but having one side higher than the other. like the blade end closest to the fence be set deeper in the head than the part by the guard.

I would get the tables to match eachother, then set the knives accordingy because it is MUch MUCH easier to make the knives level with the table than the other way around.

Their method of aligning the infeed table to the blades first…. seems to be a very odd method. especially since you mentioned the blades have been taken out for sharpening.- – so there is no real reference.

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