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Questions tagged [jointer]

About uses and techniques, features to look for etc.

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When should I use a Jointer vs. a Planer?

I am fairly new to woodworking and just starting to outfit my shop with power tools. One area that I find confusing is the use case for a jointer vs. a planer. Both tools seem to have very similar ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I effectively use a table saw to straighten warped lumber?

I have several pine boards I want to use for a table, however many of them have are warped, and I need them straight. These will be used for legs and support members, so they only need to have good ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 can I joint a board that is longer than my jointer infeed table?

I have a bowed board that is longer than the infeed table on my jointer. When I pass it over the blades, the lay of the board changes as the board rides up the trailing edge of the jointer infeed ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...