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Forum topic by Randy Moseley posted 01-01-2009 04:26 AM 1196 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Randy Moseley

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01-01-2009 04:26 AM

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Does anyone have problems with their jointer taking out a small bit at the end of the board (I believe it’s called snipe), making that last couple of inches narrower? I also have experienced a tapering effect when I make several passes. It’s gotten to the point that I don’t like to use my jointer that much, but resort to turning boards on their edge and running them through the planer. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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Peter Oxley

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#1 posted 01-01-2009 04:43 AM

Randall – there are a couple of things that could be causing this. The most likely thing is that your infeed and outfeed tables are not quite parallel. This could cause both snipe and taper like you describe.

The other possibility is your technique. By the time about half of your board is past the cutterhead, both of your hands should be over the outfeed table. If you continue to push on the infeed side, you can take away too much material on the trailing end.

The jointer can be a little finicky to set up, and it can take some practice to use, but my advice is don’t give up! It’s a very useful machine.

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#2 posted 01-01-2009 05:01 AM

Hey Randal,
As Peter says, it is probably the alignment of the two tables. There is a fairly good article by Gary Rogowski who goes through both jointers and hand planes, as the end result is achieved with both. Don’t give up, a jointer is a very nice tool to have. Buy some new blades, a dial indicator, and spend a little time getting to know it.

Good luck,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 01-01-2009 05:03 AM

I agree on the alignment.

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Randy Moseley

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#4 posted 01-03-2009 03:18 AM

Thanks, guys. I did some adjustments today and it’s working very well.

-- Randy, DeKalb, Illinois

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