Shopmade Jointer #3: Finally, I have a Jointer.

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Blog entry by Armand posted 11-07-2011 05:27 PM 31705 reads 8 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just finished this Jointer today and ready to make new and more challenging projects.

here are the pictures and a video.

the chasis, shown here with the cutterhead installed and fitted into the customized pillow block that i ordered from a machinist.

the motor now installed.

with new belt.

the cutting depth adjustment mechanism.

infeed and outfeed tables.

the gap between tables is just enough for the blade adjustment guide.

tables are now installed and lined with 1.5mm stainless sheets. Here checking the coplanarity of the two tables at zero cutting depth.

temporarily sitting on two benches.

now with belt cover, blade guard, and fence.

me after doing a test cut.

and here’s the video.

just in case the embedded video doesn’t work, here’s the youtube link:

thanks for watching.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#1 posted 11-07-2011 05:42 PM

I have seen all sorts of shop made tools, but yours is the first shop made jointer I have ever seen… I’d love to see how it pans out for you in the long term…

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#2 posted 11-07-2011 05:48 PM

great job i would suggest one thing that is use some sort of push block or some such thing for safety better the block goes into the cutters than your hands. ive watched your progress from the start really nice job. make sure to get Matthias some pictures for his site bet he would like to see them.

-- Got Wood?

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#3 posted 11-07-2011 05:54 PM

That’s exactly what I was going to say, Joe. You did a fantastic job, armand. I’ve never ever seen a shop-made machine like this jointer. Looks like it works great, too.

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#4 posted 11-07-2011 05:59 PM

well done armand

never doubted you could do it

great solution

now for those excellent new projects

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 11-07-2011 06:24 PM

Very nice fabrication. I like the large capacity….I can’t tell you how many times I have had to joint by hand planes because my wood was just a tad over the capacity of an 8” jointer.

You might want to put a return spring on that blade cover – keep you from mistakenly putting your hand on the cutter after making your pass.

Of course everyone will tag you for not wearing safety goggles…etc etc…. Are you planing some dust control? The floor drop is certainly not bad but some suction will keep the chips out of your cutters and keep them from marring your work.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#6 posted 11-07-2011 06:58 PM

Wow, I’m impressed. Great job. Like mentioned above, safety glasses, push block and a spring on the blade guard and your good to go.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#7 posted 11-07-2011 07:47 PM

Impressive build! I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical when I read that you were going to make a jointer by using the cutting head and motor from a planer, but no longer. Very nicely done. Would it be to much to ask about the overall project cost?

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#8 posted 11-07-2011 08:07 PM


-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 11-07-2011 08:23 PM

I think now I’ve seen it all. Awesome!

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#10 posted 11-07-2011 09:36 PM

Armand, this is the most impressive shop-made tool I have ever seen. You met all the challenges and came out on top. Well done.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 11-07-2011 09:39 PM

impressive …. but where is the smile on last picture …...........
put the big smile on man …. you can be proud :-)
congrat´s … looking great
thank´s for sharing

take care

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#12 posted 11-07-2011 09:39 PM

If it gets the job done it’s a good deal. :) Nice work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 11-07-2011 10:07 PM

That is really impressive!
So cool, and so wonderful in these days of buying new stuff all the time.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 11-07-2011 11:00 PM

ps i made my jointer push blocks. piece of 1×4 pine course sandpaper glued to the bottom with 3m adhesive and a verticle piece of 1×2 as a handle.

-- Got Wood?

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#15 posted 11-08-2011 12:12 AM

Thanks to all your suggestions Lumberjocks. Actually there is a spring for the blade guard but it failed when i tried the 8 inches stock because the shim under the guard stocked up a little bit at the stainless sheet, but this has been addressed already. This is the first time i’m using a jointer and was so excited in trying this machine so i still dont have push blocks dedicated for it.

@DC: over all cost is $203.

Thanks again to everyone.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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