|Forum topic by adamclyde||posted 197 days ago||541 views||1 time favorited||11 replies|
197 days ago
So I bought a barely used Craftsman jointer recently. Probably the same model this fellow lumberjocker shared.
I’ve made sure that the fence is at an exact right angle to the bed, and I’ve made sure that the outfeed table is exactly level with the blade height. Here is my problem. I can’t figure out how to use the stinking thing properly. I’ve watched different videos, including Norm on NYW and TWW, but still not having good results.
Here’s the problem. As I run lumber through the jointer, I try to keep even pressure, then once a foot or so passes over blade, I shift my pressure more on the outfeed table side. But when I do that, the wood lifts up a bit and the blade no longer makes any contact with the wood. If I put pressure on the back of the wood, I can still get some contact between the blades and the wood, but that technique seems to be counter to all the instructions I’ve seen. And when I do that, I don’t seem to be getting a very good cut.
Is it my technique? the machine? My set up of the machine? Or a bit of all?
I’ve ended up just falling back on my hand tools, but that is pretty slow when you’ve got a lot of lumber and I’m not all that great yet at precision hand tool work.