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Forum topic by greg48 posted 03-05-2014 11:13 PM 2809 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2014 11:13 PM

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I need a little guidance here. I’m the proud owner of an older model SS (10ER) with a 4” jointer accessory. I’ve never had satisfactory results with the unit and of course I don’t have the accompanying manual for setting up the unit. I just received my freshly resharpened knives and now need to set up the jointer again. I have done some research on the setup technique but I am not sure how much clearance I need above the out feed table which is not adjustable. Any suggestions??

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 03-06-2014 12:32 AM

First Make sure infeed and outfeed tables are coplanar

For adjusting the cutter height, I have had good success with the ruler drag trick.

lay a ruler on edge on the outfeed the height of the cutter should be set so that the ruler drags just a tiny bit when the cutter is rotated by hand.

No light should pass between a straight edge extended from the out feed table to the top of the cutter. Make sure that NO light is visible between the straight edge and outfeed table too

I measure in three places on each blade. It does take bit. but it’s worth when you get it setup correctly.

Depth of cut is set by adjusting the height of the front table.

Remember on SS Jointers the cutter height is set at the cutter head. Never attempt to adjust the outfeed table.

For more info and more expertise please search on the ShopSmith forums

here is a google site search adjust jointer site:

-- - Terry

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