Using a Jointer: Quick Tips

In order to get the most quality out of the performance provided by a jointer, follow these tips.

Tip 1: Joint Downhill

Edge jointing requires that the individual reads the grain for obtaining the correct direction for feeding the stock. This is to ensure there are no tear-ours. When the grain is ran downhill from the table away from the rotation, it produces the best outcome. If the grains run in different directions, then the individual will need to position the wood so that most of the grain run in the right direction.

Tip 2: Adjust for Out-feed

If the out-feed is not aligned properly the results are imperfect cuts. If it is set high, then it gives a concave surface. If it is too low then the cut is heavier towards the back end of the material that the person is working on. Although it does sound complicated, the process of setting the out-feed is easy. It just needs to match the height of the knives that are being used.

Tip 3: Face First

In order to get an edge that is jointed and square, joint the face first. When the newly jointed face is placed against the fence, the one edge should be jointed square. This will give one flat surface for the base and for more milling and a true edge to be provided for ripping.

Tip 4: Perfectly Join the Edge

In order to edge join the boards that are being worked on, choose a good face on each piece of material. The individual will the edge joint a board with the good face away from the fence. Then run the next one through with the good face against the fence. The edges of the joint will match up perfectly. Glue these edges, and then do it again for more width.

Tip 5: Fatten

Take half of the cup from the warped board of the jointer. In order to do this, the concave will need to be flattened by face jointing. Get rid of the convex side of the warp by running this side through the planer. It will need to be done with a new flat side down.

Tip 6: Use Rabbets

For high quality rabbets, pick a table saw that includes a dado set or possible a router and rabbeting bit. Rabbeting can be done with a jointer as well; most people do not realize this. The jointer must have a raggeting ledge included in order to out-feed the side. The person should also remove the guard. In order to do this, the person will get smooth surfaced rabbets. The will need minimal set up time. The thickness of the rabbet needs to be limited to the duration of the cutterhead. Its depth should also be limited to the machine’s maximum cutting ability. Make the first cut to the width and the depth of the rabbet with a table saw. After, set the fence of the jointer to the width of the rabbet. Start plowing in trivial passes.