Quick Tip #2
Jointer ~ the perfect tool to tune up boards!
Warped boards are bad news. I don’t know of any other medium that can cup, bow, twist, kink, crook and diamond. So I use my 8” jointer to make warps, twists, cups and defects in boards go away. The key here is to
take very light cuts and progressively remove the
defective zones until the work pieces are flat, straight
and square. Once the wide and narrow dimensions are true, then the planer can be used to S4S, or surface on
four sides, the work pieces.
Remember a planer will only flatten the area of a board that is between the in feed and out
feed rollers. So if a twist goes the length of a board, the planer will simply smooth the twist
out without removing the defect. That’s why the width of a board is sometimes face jointed.
It will flatten the surface.
Always use push blocks to securely hold the board flat to the jointer table and tight to the
fence. I believe that warped boards cause the majority of accidents in shops. That’s why
making every work piece dimensionally sound is a religion in my shop. So yes, a jointer is
indispensable in my book.
Use a magnetic jig to set the blades precisely every time. These jigs cut down
on the blade installation time dramatically.
Only work with the grain for smooth cutting. The cathedral arch of boards
should point into the direction of feed.
Specialty Tool Tip:
The fence is adjustable to make accurate beveled edges. This helps when
making posts and columns.
The roller stands are very useful aids to support long stock during
Always use push blocks and push sticks to control the work pieces.
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