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Forum topic by jjl1970 posted 03-30-2014 10:50 PM 458 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2014 10:50 PM

I recently purchased a granite top 8” helical jointer from steel city. Looks great but I’m having trouble making the infeed and outfeed tables coplanar. There is no mention in the manual how to make these adjustments. Does anyone know how? Thanks!


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#1 posted 03-31-2014 12:14 AM

I’d contact them to see what they suggest, but normally with this type of jointer it requires that you insert some shims into the dovetail ways to make the necessary adjustments.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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#2 posted 03-31-2014 01:15 PM

Thanks for the response Paul. I did a bit more research on the subject and now realize I was thinking of the 4 gib screws on a P-type jointer. It seems so primitive to shime the dovetail ways on such an expensive piece of equipment but I’ll give it a try. Thanks again for taking the time to respond.

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#3 posted 03-31-2014 01:24 PM

Yep, parallelogram jointers are made for this, and it is a nice convenience. I think it’s somewhat irresponsible for a manufacturer to make a jointer without some sort of built in adjustment to accommodate this situation.

I would determine exactly how much adjustment is needed and use the appropriate feeler gauge as a shim. Should be able to get it dialed in perfectly that way.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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#4 posted 03-31-2014 01:57 PM

Using the feeler gauge is something I didn’t think of using. Thats a great idea and makes perfect sense. I’m still relatively new at this. I have a career in a completely unrelated field, but I enjoy woodworking. It is my passion. I think I missed my real calling in life! Thanks so much again.
John

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