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Forum topic by JeffP posted 02-03-2015 01:19 AM 833 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JeffP

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02-03-2015 01:19 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer

I’ve got a bead on a craigslist jointer nearby, but it is only a 6”.

All “six inch” off color jokes aside…is 6 inches enough?

How often would I find myself wishing I had held out for an 8 inch jointer? Is this like a once in a blue moon sort of a thing, or would I be surprised how often it happens.

If it helps, my wood working plans to include buying mostly unfinished lumber from local sawyer’s rather than working mostly with pre-surfaced stuff.

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.


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#1 posted 02-03-2015 01:24 AM

8”. I’ve had both and still have the 8”. It a big difference to me. Especially with rough sawn. Every inch counts.

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#2 posted 02-03-2015 01:32 AM

I started with a 6” jointer. That worked for a year or two, and I needed something bigger. The 8” width handles most boards I see in my shop. Sure I get 12” planks once in a while, but they are usually lower quality lumber, and I rip them down to a smaller size before jointing.
You have to start somewhere, so the 6” may suffice for now.

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

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#3 posted 02-03-2015 01:35 AM

Never needed anything more that 6”, but that’s me.. you need to base your decision on what you do. And in the time you have taken to ask for opinions, if it was a good deal you ran across, it’s already gone to someone who has already made up their mind.

Cheers,
Brad

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#4 posted 02-03-2015 01:37 AM

Thanks Brad. I think that’s a good point. Limit at 6 inches doesn’t mean I can’t buy the boards…just means I would have to rip them in half first.

The other thing is that my shop is currently somewhat power limited. I recon the 8” machines are all 240?

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#5 posted 02-03-2015 01:39 AM

crap…he just texted back. It sold less than 8 hours after he posted it! ($280)

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#6 posted 02-03-2015 01:44 AM

If you can find a used 8” jointer, go for it. I’ve been watching Craigslist almost every day for 2+ years and have only seen one 8”, and it wasn’t listed very long.

I’ve heard plenty of people say their jointer was a waste of money, but I’ve never heard anyone say they wish they had bought a smaller one.

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#7 posted 02-03-2015 01:46 AM

It’s fine to start with a 6” machine. They are adequate for
a lot of work and unless you need to work fast, it’s really
not such an awful thing to build a bench and learn to
use bench planes. They really are evolved to do the job
efficiently.

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Rob

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#8 posted 02-03-2015 01:51 AM


Limit at 6 inches doesn t mean I can t buy the boards…just means I would have to rip them in half first.

- JeffP

There are techniques to joint boards wider than your jointer without ripping them in half, but the ones I know of require using your planer…in which case, you could just as well do the whole job in your planer with a jointing sled or rails.

-- Ask an expert or be the expert - http://woodworking.stackexchange.com

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