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Can I get two parallel sides of a board with only a jointer?

I'm building up my woodshop and currently have a jointer (4" wide), a table saw, and a miter saw. I really wish I had a planer, but my budget is a little tight right now. In lieu of that, I'm ...
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Oregon Pacific Jointer

Local lumber yard in Oregon is selling this jointer. I can not find any information on this jointer nor “Oregon Pacific” as a whole for the life of me. Does anyone have any information on either? Much ...
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What am i doing wrong? Each board I use the jointer on leaves them not even. P [closed]

What am i doing wrong? Each board I use the jointer on leaves them not even. They are 12w x 1t and 50 inches long. Can they be fixed. Sincerely, Ann
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What is the purpose of a metal strip mounted parallel to jointer/thicknesser blades?

In my Proma HP-250/3-400 jointer-thicknesser, the following black sheet of metal is mounted parallel to the blade cylinder. Do you have any idea what purpose does it serve? It doesn't seem to be ...
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How flexible is the tolerance on jointer blade sizes?

I recently inherited an old 4” PowrKraft jointer, from the early 50s. I measured the old blades with digital calipers and found that they are 4” x 0.71” x 0.11”. I can’t find a reliable source on what ...
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Does the outfeed table have to be parallel with the rotating drum?

I realized that even though the edges of each knife are parallel to the outfeed table, the drum holding these knives isn't. The difference in vertical gaps between the barrel and the table is about 0....
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Do the springs pushing at a jointer knife do anything useful when the jointer is running?

I have a combined jointer and planer with three knives mounted on a rotating cylinder. Each knife is fastened using five screws. Additionally, two springs are under each knife, pushing it upwards — ...
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Creating a flat on logs to allow bandsaw milling

I have some small walnut logs I'd like to mill on my 14" bandsaw. (About 300mm diameter, and up to 1 meter long, but able to be cut down into shorter lengths as even at this size they're rather ...
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Can you use a jointer and planer on hardwood with gnarls?

I am trying to smoothen an oak board with a huge gnarl. I just put in brand new knives and set the difference between the infeed and outfield tables to 0.25 mm, which I think is quite small. Even so, ...
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Can you sand jointer infeed and outfeed tables? [duplicate]

My jointer tables are not stainless material, so they develop rusty spots. I already removed most of it using a rust-removing liquid product, but there are still some die-hard remnants. Would it be OK ...
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Edge Joining: How flat is flat enough?

I'm trying to edge joint boards without a jointer or a table saw.... I have a small router table with an 18" fence (Only 9" outfeed fence) which I tried to use with some jointing shims. I ...
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How should a jointer outfeed table be setup?

I recently purchased a bench-top jointer and I think I set up the outfeed table properly according to the instructions that came with it. A straight edge placed on the outfeed table just touches the ...
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Jointer setup gives bow on the board

I recently bought my first jointer and I set it up according to several tutorial videos online. My knives are slightly above the outfeed table, and I used a ruler to see how many millimetres is the ...
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How to face joint board longer than bench by hand

Project: Bed frame from hard wood (still deciding between cherry, oak, walnut, ash, beech) Question: What is a good method to face joint a board (approximately 15 cm / 6” wide) by hand with a shorter ...
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End grain cutting board through jointer with sidegrain border, is it safe?

I read this question: Edge jointing end grain cutting board strips with a power jointer And someone made a suggestion, glue a side grain hardwood border, which in theory would make it safe to pass ...
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Planer/jointer/thicknesser worth it?

I have recently been using a table saw to rip cheap 2 X 4 pine for projects. However, it takes a long time to sand these down to a nice finish, and trying to keep them square is difficult. I'm ...
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Can I remove existing wood finishes using a jointer or planer without damaging the cutting knives?

From time to time I get hold of a piece of a salvaged wood stock that has been previously finished. If it is a good species, I would like to reuse it, but have always been concerned about removing ...
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Twist in board after glue up!

I have been planing / jointing rough sawn wood recently and edge joining it to create a larger board. Every single time the finished board ends up with a big twist (diagonally opposed corners too low)....
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How to Joint a board [duplicate]

Here's the conundrum: I have 5 3.6 meter boards I'm trying to make a long worktop bench out of and I want to glue them up side by side. This is rough construction grade spruce with loads of knots. ...
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Where are Hammer and SCM minimax manufactured

I'm in a market for a new jointer. I was undecided between SCM FS30c or Hammer A31 30. I thought that both of them were manufactured in EU. Sale reps from both refer to the other as "polished, pricy" ...
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Joint all sides square?

Can you use a jointer, using the fence, to plane all four sides of a wood piece, into four, plane, square and parallel to each other? I mean each side square to the adjacent and all sides parallel to ...
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Feed direction on a planer/thicknesser

In Europe & the UK a planer / thicknesser is a combination machine which does the jobs of a jointer and a planer (In US terms) I've used two kinds of these machines but am unsure whether the feed ...
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Trouble flattening a #7 jointer plane

Fellow woodworkers, Recently, I bought a semi-professional #7 jointer plane, which doesn't mean much by my country standards, since we get Chinese rip-offs that are sold under famous brand names (and ...
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Is a bench top jointer better than no jointer?

I've love to get a nice big 6" jointer but I don't have the space for it so I've been looking at bench top models that I can store when not in use but man are the reviews horrible. On multiple sites I'...
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Why do band saws feed left-to-right?

Is there an advantage or reason for them to feed in the opposite direction to jointers, router tables, and spindle sanders?
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Jointer safety, is there a minimum length and thickness?

What is the minimum length and thickness of a piece of wood to be used on the jointer?
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Seal a 4" jointer bed [duplicate]

I have this 4" jointer that is over 30 years old and has seen little to no usage for the last 15 years. The bed of the jointer had developed a small amount of surface rust. I was able to clean up the ...
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Should I joint my workpieces first or cut them to rough size first?

I'm looking to build a couple simple picture frames. I don't have a jointer or planer, so would use my table saw or split-fence router for those operations. Even with those tools, though, it seems ...
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How to joint both sides of a wood without a tablesaw & jointer?

I'm going to joint the wood using my router table, ideally to JOINT BOTH SIDES of the wood using the router. Is there anyway to make both sides parallel with it alone? (people run the other side with ...
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Flattening the face of a board without using a jointer

I've seen a lot of jigs to do edge jointing on a table saw or router, including this question. I haven't seen much for flattening one of the faces, though. If the board is narrow (less than ~3"), I ...
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Are any big shop tools manufactured in the USA? [closed]

Where a tool (or any product) is manufactured can be a bit broad, so hopefully this isn't off-topic, but are any of the big woodshop tools (table saw, jointer, band saw, etc) made in the US? Let's not ...
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Can I turn my router table into a jointer?

I would like to use my router table as a jointer since I can not afford the cost of a jointer itself. What modifications would I need to do to the router fence (maybe?) to make it work the best. Is ...
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How to sharpen a planer knife the right way?

I've been trying to sharpen plane blades and jointer knives for a long time now but never was able to get a really sharp edge. I see most people can achieve this, some can cut a paper by using the ...
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Milling wide lumber to square

I recently obtained some old (50 to 75 years old) rough sawn hardwood structural framing members 2x8 and 2x10 by various lengths. The wood is well acclimated to my shop but has some warping which ...
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Is it better to let the tool run or stop in-between cuts?

When I started woodworking, I used to setup my tool, do a cut, stop my tool, re-position my piece (or take another one), start my tool, do another cut, stop, etc. Today, I find myself leaving the ...
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Substitute for Bench-Top Jointer

My old Sears 5 1/8" jointer motor is dead. I can't find a replacement. Trying to haul a new one to my shop in Mexico seems impractical. I'm contemplating buying a jointer plane or a hand held ...
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Passing wood through a planer on both sides?

Yesterday I jointed, planed, and biscuit cut some boards and am planning on gluing today. I inserted the biscuits and my boards and they seem to be uneven, I made sure the boards were flat on the ...
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How to make a good joint by hand planing both edges at the same time?

In this comment on this question on jointing without a jointer it was stated that: there's a trick where, if you plane two edges at once, they'll fit together even if they aren't perfectly square ...
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Methods of jointing without a jointer

I can't afford a jointer right now, and I am wondering, what are the tricks to getting a good joint(on the edges, not on the surface)? What I have tried in the past is simply nailing a straight board ...
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Flattening a board using a jointer and a bandsaw

I have some rough-sawn lumber and would like to make it flat and square. I don't have a planer yet so I was wondering if I can do it using a jointer and a bandsaw only? I've got the following types/...
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Jointing a 1.5"x1.5"x25" stock on a benchtop power jointer/planer

I've got a bunch to wood strips which are 1.5 by 1.5 inches and around 25" long, I want to glue those together but would like to run them on my benchtop jointer before doing so. Planing the face will ...
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Edge jointing end grain cutting board strips with a power jointer

I used to plane the edges of the wood strips I cut using a hand plane, but I've got a new benchtop power jointer and wanted to use it as it would be much easier and accurate. I am in the process of ...
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What are the jointer-specific steps for removing warp in lumber?

The typical method for removing warp in wood is to joint one face and one edge, followed by planing the other face and using a tablesaw for the final edge. The planer and tablesaw are fairly easy, but ...
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What safety precautions should I take when using a jointer?

The topic came up in Body positioning while using a jointer of jointer safety. While I've never had any issues, an accident on a jointer could be very dangerous. What safety precautions should I take ...
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Body positioning while using a jointer

I just got a old Beaver 4" jointer that looks very similar to this one. I used it for the first time this weekend and it was awesome. I am wondering though if I was doing something inherently wrong ...
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110 vs 220 table saws and jointers

Both my table saw and my jointer have the option to be run as either 110, or 220. I am wondering (assuming I have my choice of plugin's in a shop) is one better than the other. I've heard that 220 ...
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Carbide vs. high speed steel in jointer blade

I am replacing the cutters in my jointer and debating between high speed steel and carbide. What are the advantages and disadvantages of HSS vs carbide jointer blades?
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jointer cutter head : segmented spiral vs traditional knife design

I'm looking to replace the blades on our Powermatic Model 60 jointer, and was considering carbide blades.In particular I saw this cutterhead for the Powermatic Number 53, which is a 6 inch vs. the ...
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How do you reliably set all your jointer knives to the same, correct height?

I have an older delta model jointer, and I always struggle to get all three knives consistently set at the same height. I've tried a large magnetic jig that purports to help, but.. it really doesn't-...
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Any tips on reconditioning/using an old benchtop jointer?

I've got an old belt-driven bench-size (jobsite?) jointer -- 6" bed, infeed/outfeed tables each about 11" long -- that I've been storing for a friend. Never got around to getting it mounted with the ...
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