to set up a jointer
I've been meaning to do
this guide for a while now, and here it is...
Many people struggle when
it comes to accurately setting machines, especially if they haven't ever used
one before - with a bit of time, you can help even the most basic machines
perform to their best.
most essential tool to have is a good quality, accurate try-square,
or even better a metal engineers square.
Here i'm checking
the fence is square (90 Degrees) to the machine bed, this is absolutely
essential for accurate results.
I use the handle
to lock it off, most jointers will have this facility, because sometimes
the fence will needed to be tilter for angle work.
||You can also adjust
the fence backwards and forwards on the machine bed, this is so you can
use the blade to its full advantage, and there will be no problem if one
part of your blade is chipped or blunt.
The table is able
to move, this determines the depth of cut. The handle to do this is
usually at an angle on the right hand part of the machine, under the
There are graduations
in 0.5mm - (in this case from 0 - 2.5mm) The mark on the machine top
should align with one of the markings on the scale - this will vary
from machine to machine.
the safety bridge guard so there is almost NO blade showing, but don't
have it too tight against the wood otherwise you wont be able to freely
pass it when using the tool.
Here i'm using my
wood as a guide, so I don't over tighten it.
ALWAYS wear safety
eye protection when using a machine like this, as large chips fly off
at fast speeds from time to time.
Its also suggested
that you wear a dust mask, and hearing protection when using any power
Pass your work
through slowly, holding it tight against the fence, and making sure
it is in contact with the machine bed at all times. Pass it over the
blade with a push stick, or work aid for safety.
Don't try to joint
very small bits of wood as it is unsafe, and they can catch etc.
that you do a test cut before you use the machine on your actual work.
Use a accurate square
to check the results - Perfecto!
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