Nothing ground-breaking in this entry of this blog series. With the surfaces planed, I next turn to my jointer to joint one edge of each board. The following pictures are more less for your amusement as I set about jointing one edge of each board on a tiny 4 1/2” bench-top jointer.
In the last photo you can see something I’m quite fond of – a new peg board Melissa helped me setup a few weeks back. I now have more or less all my measuring and marking tools organized in one place which really rocks. I hated hunting and digging around for things like those in the past.
As you can see it’s a bit of a challenge to joint a 58” x 7 1/2” x 1” board on a small bench-top jointer but it came be done! (although your arms can get a workout). I really do like the granite table and fence on this unit, although I really yearn for a longer in-feed and outfeed table. Some day. For now, due to the limited capacity (4 1/2”) I can only edge joint since usually stock is too wide to be face jointed. As a result I don’t bother to joint at all before I’m done working with the planer. I surface plane, then joint an edge, then finish up the process at the table saw by ripping stock to width. If anyone is upgrading from a 8” or 10” jointer and would like to give me their old one, message me and I’ll get you my mailing address. :-)
Finally, here is the pile of wood after one edge has been jointed and all boards were shot through the table saw and ripped to width. This last step is so straight forward and effortless once you’ve face planed and jointed that it almost is not worth mentioning. I did use a pair of roller stands this time (a new acquisition) which certainly made ripping MUCH easier than it has been in the past as I don’t have an out-feed table or a permanent shop assistant. :-) I also employed a feather board which helped helped keep the stock nice and tight up against the fence and avoiding burning on all but one board entirely.
One thing I find interesting while working on a project is that you seem to start with a huge amount of stock, but as you machining it down it gets smaller and smaller. I started with 1 1/8” stock, planed it down to 1” thick, and now have finished jointing and ripping it to width. The size of the pile is starting to get considerably smaller already. It will be interesting to see it continue to shrink when I get it all cut to length and begin to mill out the joinery and stepped design.