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Can I turn my router table into a jointer?

I think that could work, but I've seen a (imo) better way done by the Samurai Carpenter on Youtube. There is also an instructable for such a sled. \o/ (Image from instructables.com, made by user ...
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Flattening the face of a board without using a jointer

Possibly the best method to flatten the face of a board using power tools not specifically designed for that job is with a router mounted in a planing sled/levelling sled. There are abundant versions ...
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Feed direction on a planer/thicknesser

I'll use the US terms jointer for the top part of that machine and planer for the bottom part. Thickness planers typically have a motorized drive, meaning there's no choice about feed direction (...
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How should a jointer outfeed table be setup?

When setting up a jointer outfeed table, should the tip of the cutter be dead even with the surface of the outfeed table, or should it actually be fractionally higher? Ideally, the outfeed table ...
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Joint all sides square?

No, you cannot. This will make the board square, but it will NOT ensure it doesn't taper. With the jointer you can only make each corner square. You can't make the opposing faces parallel with each ...
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110 vs 220 table saws and jointers

Being an old fogey, I have a lot of experience with 110 vs. 220 in a shop environment, both commercial and personal. My primary tool for years (early 60's on) was a radial arm (all 10" Craftsman's, ...
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Seal a 4" jointer bed

Johnson's Paste Wax works just fine, no need to go further than your cleaning closet or supermarket to look for something fancier. You'll get a lot faster and better penetration (and therefore ...
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Should I joint my workpieces first or cut them to rough size first?

Larger pieces generally require removing more material to get a perfectly flat face, so it is common to break pieces down to more manageable sizes before jointing. This applies to both the width and ...
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Are any big shop tools manufactured in the USA?

Shopsmith (http://www.shopsmith.com/) is one that comes to mind. http://www.stillmadeinusa.com/tools.html#Woodworking may have others.
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Can you use a jointer and planer on hardwood with gnarls?

Board looks ok to me, ready to proceed to next step. I see tiny silvery flakes on the jointed surface, which I suppose were a part of the knives just moments ago Your knives may not be good quality! ...
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How flexible is the tolerance on jointer blade sizes?

Powr-Kraft tools were distributed by Montgomery Ward in the 1930s through the 80s and manufactured by various companies. If you have the serial numbers, etc. you might be able to deduce who made the ...
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How to face joint board longer than bench by hand

Joint the board in sections and iterate through Left, middle, right side until reasonable jointed Yes. but there is a risk that each section is not parallel. Check often, adjust as necessary. This ...
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How should a jointer outfeed table be setup?

Doesn't make any sense to me why you'd have the blade higher than the out feed table. Since it would then always be cutting 'that much' more than what your gage says you are cutting off. Including ...
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Feed direction on a planer/thicknesser

I have a similar euro combination machine, a Robland 310. The direction of your piece (and where you stand) will be opposite when using the joiner feature opposed to the planer feature (unless you are ...
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Planer/jointer/thicknesser worth it?

I belong to a makerspace which has a really great wood working section. My favorite tool is the laser cutter but I got tired of the look of 1/4" thick plywood and wanted to experiment with other ...
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Can I remove existing wood finishes using a jointer or planer without damaging the cutting knives?

I worry that the finish will either dull the blades more than unfinished stock would or that the finish will accumulate on the knife edges, dulling them and be difficult to remove. Assuming the ...
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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. For ...
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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? That depends on the jointer, and to some degree on the depth of cut. With respect to length, you want ...
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Is a bench top jointer better than no jointer?

Every tool has it's abilities and limitations. The benchtop models do not have the table length and rigidity for jointing long and heavy boards. By using the machines within the range intended you can ...
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Do the springs pushing at a jointer knife do anything useful when the jointer is running?

Do the springs pushing at a jointer knife do anything useful when the jointer is running? It would appear not, as according to many things I've seen and read it's not uncommon for jointers to either ...
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What is the purpose of a metal strip mounted parallel to jointer/thicknesser blades?

Based on location and how it's angled, this appears to be a deflector for chips. Why it's not a numbered part in the parts diagram is a mystery!
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Can I get two parallel sides of a board with only a jointer?

Assuming a tablesaw with a tall enough blade and fenceā€¦ Flatten one side on the jointer, run twice (bottom half, then top half) through the tablesaw, then flatten the sawn side nicely on the jointer. ...
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Can I get two parallel sides of a board with only a jointer?

It is also possible to create parallel faces using a router although it becomes much more work for larger pieces due to the small size of router bits. First create the base face using the jointer, ...
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How to joint both sides of a wood without a tablesaw & jointer?

Joint the second side using the first side (the side already jointed) as the reference surface, not by running the unjointed surface along the fence. Obviously this will necessitate removing the ...
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Edge Joining: How flat is flat enough?

You don't say how big gaps are but if they are small edges are already very close to straight so it is easy to improve them by planing. Hold 2 boards together edge to edge to find high areas, mark ...
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Creating a flat on logs to allow bandsaw milling

It would be helpful to know how small your small logs really are. The answer to your question really depends on both the diameter and length of the wood you propose to run through the jointer. But ...
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Creating a flat on logs to allow bandsaw milling

is it safe to use the jointer to flatten one side of these logs? Safe for the operator I would say so, but for the jointer less so. In addition to worries about the moisture level in the wood and its ...
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Edge Joining: How flat is flat enough?

"It depends" the point of a good glue joint, is a good surface area that can be bonded together. The more surface area the stronger the glue joint. Where you can see light that is a weak ...
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Jointer setup gives bow on the board

My knives are slightly above the outfeed table As I suspected they would be, the Wood Magazine instructions are correct, but you missed one critical detail in the wording: When the knife moves the ...
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