Looking at a Ridgid jointer. Is this the right tool?

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05-22-2013 03:02 PM

I’m looking at this Ridgid jointer –

I’m hoping to be able to mill straight edges so I can make nice straight 3/4” stock out of 8/4 S2S boards that I buy.

Is this jointer really needed on S2S boards? When the top and bottom are flat but the sides of a board aren’t, i’m finding its hard to mill a straight longer board on the table saw when there is a curved side to the board….

I’d rather NOT have to buy one though….

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#1 posted 05-22-2013 03:16 PM

I’ve never used a Ridgid jointer but the bed seems shorter than others. you might take a look at Grizzly

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#2 posted 05-22-2013 03:24 PM

First, and this is just my 2 cents, don’t buy that jointer if your going to drop that much go for a 6inch spiral head one from grizzly it will run you about maybe $200-300 more and it has better fence and a mobile base built in and the big kicker a spiral cutter head.

and when you say curved I’m assuming your talking a bow, or is it cupped?

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#3 posted 05-22-2013 03:26 PM

Haha Jim, great minds think alike!

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#4 posted 05-22-2013 03:26 PM

I can get the Ridgid for about $500 delivered.

Jim- the Ridgid has a 45.5” length bed. The Grizzly specs state 46” (which may really be 45.5”).

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#5 posted 05-22-2013 03:29 PM

Hi Upstate
I agree if the budget allows a spiral head jointer is a great choice ,I have a 12” Grizzly with spiral head cutter and it’s a fantastic Jointer.

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#6 posted 05-22-2013 03:34 PM

To further explain. If the edge of the S2S board is bowed or cupped, when I cut with that edge against the table saw fence, that bow or cup is transferred to the cut.

Any way to fix this problem without having to buy a jointer?

Is a jointer really for use with RAW lumber?

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#7 posted 05-22-2013 03:55 PM

Get a good hand plane. All the benefits, Keeps you in shape, noiseless, and very rewarding and you save some money. I wished at a point I had a jointer, lack of space and lack of $$, and I needed to flatten boards. The solution—> Hand plane. Require some practice but so cool when it’s done. Just my 2 cents :)

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#8 posted 05-22-2013 04:00 PM

A jointer was a game changer for me. It provides straight flat boards with a 90° reference edge….everything falls into place much better when joints fit as expected. It’s step 1 in the process most of the time….for Norm Abrams, David Marks, Marc Spagnuolo, Tommy Mack, Woodsmith Shop, and others. There are several work arounds, but no other tool is more efficient at flattening a face and providing a 90° adjacent edge to the face. I wouldn’t take food off the table to get one, but you may find many uses for it in the future.

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#9 posted 05-22-2013 04:11 PM

Noone I guess your right about the the bed lengths being the same. There are ways to joint wood with out a jointer but IMO they are either more time consuming and more difficult to accomplish squaring your wood for further milling ether on the table saw or planner . Yes a jointer is a principle tool for flattening and squaring rough lumber. I suggested a grizzly jointer because I have experience with their jointers. If you need to spend less you might hold out for a good used jointer like a Powermatic,many times I see them advertised in Craigs list in the $350 or less range.

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#10 posted 05-22-2013 04:14 PM

To get a straight edge without a jointer and I f you aren’t edge gluing the boards you can use a straight piece of plywood as a reference against your fence. You can either make it a sled with clamps or just screw it to your piece with. Of course you’ll need to do this before you cut to length since you will be left with a couple screw holes in your board. With this being said I am in the market for a jointer with a 4 foot table. I would like to be able to do a better job with making large glue ups.

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#11 posted 05-22-2013 04:14 PM

temporarily (sp) attach a straight edge to one edge of the bowed board and use this to rip the other side straight on the table saw. Then remove the straight edge and rip the rmaining side to get the final (straight) width…

Good Luck!

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#12 posted 05-22-2013 04:36 PM

getting the edges of a board straight without a jointer is no problem, as other people have said temporarily attaching something straight to one side will do the trick. Getting a a flat, square face is where a jointer is really going to help and becomes somewhat indispensable along with a planer.

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#13 posted 05-22-2013 04:38 PM

A jointer is a one trick pony. But it’s a pretty good trick.
Even the S4S lumber I buy benefits from a quick edge jointing before cutting workpieces to final size.

Once you have one, you will never be without it (but you may shop for a bigger one).

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#14 posted 05-22-2013 04:42 PM

Two to three years ago, I sold my one year old Ridgid jointer for $200.00 with a mobil ($60.00) stand included. I bought it new for $200.00. What has Obama done to our dollar!

I now own a Hammer combo with a Byrd spiral head. The ridgid is a fine machine. I don’t think it is worth five bills.

It was a problem changing the blades. Couldn’t get it even (straight cut) after I decided to put on new blades. Didn’ really new the new blades.

See if you can wait for a used machine from Craig’s list.

-- REL, North Jersey

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#15 posted 05-22-2013 05:20 PM

I’m interested in more tips on getting a straight board.

Would pocket holes in a straight piece of MDF work for attaching to a board?

Seems like it would…

I have been looking on CL for a jointer. All that’s there now is a $500 jet that was probably 800 new. Somehow I always miss these 200-300 deals for premium woodworking equipment on CL!

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