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Forum topic by Charlie posted 07-07-2013 11:13 PM 833 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-07-2013 11:13 PM

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Spent the morning tinkering with machines. Cleaning, waxing, etc.

I have a Grizzly G0654 jointer and I noticed that the fence was scraping across the outfeed table when I moved it fore and aft. I also noticed it was just a bit tilted… meaning it would scrape the outfeed table at one end, but not the other.

So I set about taking the fence off, examining the “deck” it gets mounted to, etc. In order for it to slide fore and aft without scraping AND in order to have enough clearance to set the fence to bevel and all that, I ended up with the bottom of the fence about 1/16 off the outfeed table.

This is my first jointer so I’m askin’. Is this normal?

I actually had it sitting tight to the deck, but I wasn’t adjusting the fence in and out or bevel and 90, etc. I just had it set to run boards at 90 so I never noticed it would scrape and I didn’t notice it would bind when adjusting the fence angle.

Today I was running through all the setup adjustments, making sure the stops were set, checking for free movement, all that stuff. That’s when I “discovered” this.

I don’t really see an issue with the 1/16 gap unless I try to face joint a piece of veneer or something, but ….. first jointer. Gotta ask.

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#1 posted 07-07-2013 11:32 PM


I think that 1/16” clearance is fine. You really do not want the fence touching the outfeed table. I looked at the online manual for your jointer here. If you look at Figure 45 on page 30, you can see the gap.

You certainly do not want to be face jointing anything that thin without some type of jig to hold the piece. The minimum recommended thickness for your jointer is 1/2”.

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#2 posted 07-07-2013 11:59 PM

Yes, a slight gap is ideal.
Powermatic and some Jet models use a plastic spacer to keep the fence off the jointer bed.
As long as your fence is still square, you should be good.

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#3 posted 07-08-2013 12:57 AM

OK. Not sure why I didn’t catch this before. Except that they don’t point it out anywhere in the manual that I can find. The mount for the fence was set dead even with the outfeed table. I had to raise it up. Very hard to do with the fence in place so I had to remove/reinstall several times until I got it really close to where I wanted it, snug up the bolts, set the fence to check it had stayed put, tighten a little more, remove fence and finally tighten the bolts. Fortunately, I don’t see this as something that will need to be done again :)

And basically, they set it wrong at the factory. No big surprise there I suppose. I usually go through everything anyways.

Thanks, guys.

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