Bare Hands Blog
Tool Feature – Jointer
By Shane Thomas
How it Works
Once you have one flat side, you can use the back fence of the jointer to square up your board to the adjacent side. Keeping the flat side of your board against the fence as you pass it through the jointer will ensure you get a 90-degree corner.
At Maker’s Bench we boast a JET JWJ-8HH 8″ long bed jointer. This is a top-of-the-line jointer that features a 2HP motor and easily handles any jointing task. Extra-long infeed/outfeed tables allow you to joint longer boards without any tipping.
- Safety – Use all safety guards that come with your jointer. This helps keep fingers, and other objects such as clothing away from the cutter head. Speaking of clothing, make sure to not wear loose fitting clothing or jewelry as the cutter head can catch those things and pull you in.
- Set up – Things to check; Make sure your infeed and outfeed tables are parallel to one another. Make sure your fence is at a 90-degree angle. Keep your tables clean and waxed to allow the board to move cleanly and easily across the jointer.
- Technique – You want to make sure you are primarily applying a horizontal force to your board. The only downward force should be to counteract the force of the cutter head pushing up, which is very little. Too much downward force will distort your board and not give you the results you want. A good jointer push stick can help with this.
- Cut with the grain –Grain should be going down from top of the board to the bottom going away from the cutter head. This will give you a cleaner cut.
- Concave side down – When jointing a bowed board, keep the concave side down, giving you two points of contact with the tables. This will help keep the board stable.
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Timnath, CO 80547
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