Plantation Shutters #13: Tapered gaps mystery: solved!

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 06-18-2017 02:52 AM 1181 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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It was my jointer fence all along that gave me gaps between pieces. I’ll explain: this is a 8” GeeTec 2001 jointer from the era of 8” clone Taiwan jointers. The fence system is popular and works. However, I guess my “technique” was wrong just enough to not be 90 degrees on jointing edges after jointing face. This fence system is “loose” below mid-level, meaning it can slide a hair inwards more than you want it to because it was designed to rotate 45 degrees for special cuts. I now apply pressure mid and high while straight downwards, instead of my old technique of pushing at a 45 degree angle, putting pressure at the bottom of the fence causing it to flex inwards. Lessons learned. After watching a couple more Charles Neil videos… I now take each individual piece on my table saw cast iron flat top and check for 90 degrees before continuing. Before, I “assumed” the fence being square before starting a project was good enough. Wrong.
old piece with a 1/16” gap at the bottom:

Removed all stops & screws to re-adjust things again:

New piece with squareness:

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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#1 posted 06-22-2017 03:03 PM

Oh my! Glad that mystery is solved!

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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