homemade 12" jointer #1: This is just the thought stage

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Blog entry by Cole Tallerman posted 08-31-2012 03:23 AM 3284 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of homemade 12" jointer series Part 2: Sides done, cutter head mounted, and motor mounted. (only sketchup, pics next weekend, sorry!) »

So i’m planning on building the same jointer in Matthias Wandel’s jointer plans but the only thing that im going to change, is instead of using spruce, i’m going to use maple. I can get it for almost the same price and it is a hardwood. (Any reasons not to use maple are greatly appreciated). Im also going to start with the exact same 12” delta planer that he used which i’ve seen multiple times on craigslist for under $100. (I am currently pursuing one). I think that I have enough skill to have a good finished project although I know that there will be lots of frustration and moments where I will want to give up. I am really looking forward to the build as well as it will push my technical thinking to the next level.

Thanks for looking and I hope to get started on in sometime in the next couple weeks.

FAIR WARNING: This project is going to take a long time and I may go weeks without working/posting on it as im only at the house/shop on weekends if even that often.

Here is a link to a video about the jointer.

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#1 posted 08-31-2012 04:14 AM

Wow, should be quite the undertaking… Best of luck!

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#2 posted 08-31-2012 04:47 AM

Good luck! I’ll be keeping an eye on this series.

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#3 posted 08-31-2012 05:09 AM

good luck. quite an ambitious project. especially since it will give you such a large 12” capacity.
if it were me, that would take way more time and money than tojust go buy a 8” jointer.

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#4 posted 08-31-2012 12:48 PM

Well I have very good step by step plans and diagrams and outlines of what to trace so i should be able to do it. I talked to Matthias and he said it cost him around $150 not including the disassembled planer and while using scraps for all the hardwood pieces

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#5 posted 08-31-2012 12:49 PM

I originally gave myself a $400 budget to buy a jointer so i will use that to make one.

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#6 posted 08-31-2012 12:57 PM

and here I thought I was doing a big deal restoring an old one. Its sounds like fun and frustrating all at the same time.

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