|Forum topic by bbasiaga||posted 04-07-2015 05:25 PM||836 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
04-07-2015 05:25 PM
I’ve been looking for a larger jointer lately, but am somewhat limited in shop space. I keep reading and getting the advice that a longer jointer is always better. For me the move to a larger machine has been driven by wanting a greater width more so than the longer length. Right now I have a 6” benchtop jointer, and am looking to move to an 8” wide model.
So this advice that longer is better makes me question my workflow. Here is what I normally do.
1. Get my cut list set up.
In this workflow, I never have the need to joint a whole board unless I have a project that will be that long (which I haven’t yet). So in my work flow, and assuming the 2x bed length rule of thumb, I’m thinking that a 66” jointer bed which allows me to do 132” long pieces seems plenty long enough, compared to a 72” bed.
That leads me to ask – is there a better/faster/more efficient workflow process that I’m not thinking of? The wider jointer allows me basically to eliminate step 4 for wide pieces such as table top glue ups. (Most boards are less than 8” wide these days). I could see how you might joint, then plane a full board to thickness, then crosscut/rip. Is that a more efficient way? Or do so many folks like the longer jointer beds because they are making really big projects?
Or is it just that even on say a 6’ long piece, the convenience of being able to have more than half of it on the in-feed bed when you start is worth it? I’m sure part of the reason I developed the workflow I have is to deal with limitations of my jointer. Just curious what you guys do. It should help me decide what the right jointer is for me.
-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.