|Forum topic by JeffP||posted 04-13-2015 02:31 AM||941 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
04-13-2015 02:31 AM
Something has been bouncing around in the back of my brain for about a week now.
While reading this, keep in mind that I’m a newbie, and the one major “piece of iron” I haven’t acquired yet is a jointer. In fact, it would be very fair to say that my ensemble of equipment far outstrips my skills at present.
There was another thread going around a week or so ago about big jointers. Somebody mentioned that they “almost never adjusted the depth of cut” of their jointer. I thought about that, and could imagine how that might be a common theme with a jointer. Get it all set just perfect….then just “adjust” to different board quality more by number of passes rather than by fiddling with the depth adjustment.
I got to thinking that if one actually designed a DIY “wide jointer using parts from a planer” (as is common on the youtube video circuit)...but started from the notion that you wanted to be able to get it all adjusted just right for a “reasonable” depth of cut, and then never mess with it. Well, let’s just say that such a beast would be extremely easy to design and build.
I can imagine such a beast with maybe thick slabs of “leftover” granite counter top material for the table pieces. That could sit on top of a heavy duty but simple structure that had nothing more than some set screws for adjusting level and height. The heavy slabs could be “attached” via gravity. No need for some fancy arrangement of parallelogram lever arms with all of the mechanical precision issues that would no doubt plague such a design.
The main problem with this whole notion is that, as stated above, I’m a newbie. In fact, a veritable jointer virgin. I had a little bench-top jointer maybe 30 years ago, but didn’t use it much and don’t remember much about the validity of my “set it and forget it” idea for depth adjustment.
So to those of you who have a “real” jointer and have used it a lot…does this idea have any legs? Is it silly, or is it one of those things where fancy jointers have fancy depth adjustment…that rarely gets used?
-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.