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Forum topic by Yonak posted 12-25-2014 04:59 PM 1588 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Yonak

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12-25-2014 04:59 PM

The name “jointer” is a bit of a misnomer, to me. It really doesn’t make joints. It’s a face flattener and makes for right (or angled) edges.

When using a jointer do you say you “join” the board or do you say you “joint” the board ? Using joint as a verb just doesn’t seem right.

Consider that the practice of fitting boards together (and the title of this forum) is called “joinery” not “jointery”.

In fact, as I look over this note, the squiggly red underlines show me that the word “jointer” isn’t even in my spell check dictionary. Surely that’s an oversight by the spell check developer.


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#1 posted 12-25-2014 05:08 PM

From Wikipedia,

“The jointer derives its name from its primary function of producing flat edges on boards prior to joining them edge-to-edge to produce wider boards. The use of this term probably arises from the name of a type of hand plane, the jointer plane, which is also used primarily for this purpose.”

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#2 posted 12-25-2014 05:19 PM

A “Joiner” was a tradesman who made wooden items.

A Jointer plane was also know as a “Glue-ing” plane by Jo. Moxxon

To “joint” an edge is to PREPARE it for glue up into a panel.

A Jointer, either a plane, or powered, is among the longest tools in use. Have to be, to get an edge of a board straight along it’s entire length, from a couple feet to as long as needed.

“To Joint” a board is a verb. To make a JOINT is when it becomes a noun.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#3 posted 12-25-2014 05:32 PM

Oh, I don’t know- “jointery” would be a fine name for the way I put boards together. And it’s easier to say than “beerery”.

-- Lao Ma: You are so full of anger and hatred. Xena: Everybody's gotta be full of something.

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#4 posted 12-25-2014 05:39 PM

It does make joints, butt joints, for panel glueups.
In Europe it is often called a planer.
In the U.S. we often call a planer a “thickness planer” to further clarify which tool we are referring to.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 12-25-2014 05:50 PM

I`ve heard the jointer called a face and edger

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#6 posted 12-25-2014 07:02 PM

Back in the 60’s we all knew this one guy that everyone referred to as “the jointer”.......................

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 12-25-2014 07:14 PM

I call my 8” grizzly jointer “Minnesota Flatz”

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#8 posted 12-25-2014 07:46 PM

Why do they call pliers a “pair” of pliers? since there is only one. Why are tools made for right handed users? Some tools are used equally by left or right handed people. Such tools are; screw drivers, hammers, planes, chisels, handsaws, wrenches, etc, but almost all stationary power tools are made for RH users. I would venture to guess those machines were developed by RH people so that it’s operation would favor a RH user. What about tape measures? The normal tape measure reads from left to right. If you are LH, you hold the case with your RH and mark with your left; but if you are RH, you hold the case with your LH and mark with your right, but the tape readings are upside down. Some companies now make LH and RH tapes. I guess standardization is not completely possible when it comes to tools.

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#9 posted 12-25-2014 07:57 PM

Right handed people are smarter, case closed. :-(*
I call my jointer the beast, damn things weighs a ton. I have differnt names for my wife, some I get hit for so you call your jointer what ever you want, just dont expect it to work well for you all the time.

Bill

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#10 posted 12-25-2014 10:05 PM



Right handed people are smarter, case closed. :-(*

I wouldn’t agree with this and I’m right handed but since the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, what is true is that left handed people are the only ones in their right mind.

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#11 posted 12-25-2014 11:06 PM

I’m right handed but swing bats, axes, etc. left handed, live in Mississippi where everything has weird names, and am old, I ain’t touchin’ this thread. :)
Bill

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#12 posted 12-26-2014 03:19 AM

Bill,
Same with my wife, she is left hand dominant, we just argue that left handed people are smarter or live longer. I don’t really have an opinion on the subject I was just having fun.

Bill

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#13 posted 12-26-2014 04:23 AM



I m right handed but swing bats, axes, etc. left handed, live in Mississippi where everything has weird names, and am old, I ain t touchin this thread. :)
Bill

- Bill White

Bill, do you shoot a bow and arrow and guns left handed ? Do you shoot pool left handed ? If so, you may be like me : right handed but left eyed.

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#14 posted 12-26-2014 04:40 AM

And some may be using those smoking type joints…........next will be here vs hear, deer vs dear, etc. English ain’t easy, specially since it changes over time.

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#15 posted 12-26-2014 04:42 AM

As for the word “Planer”.....Read my “tagline” below this….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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