Workshop #9: New Jointer

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Blog entry by Matt posted 03-29-2016 03:36 AM 1405 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: just a few do-dads... and maybe a new jointer? Part 9 of Workshop series Part 10: Workbench is taking shape »

I picked up a jointer today. A benchtop 6” Porter Cable ( For the price ($250 new), I couldn’t not. I know it is not fully capable, but when I considered installing a full size 48” jointer in my small shop… it just didn’t make sense. Maybe another day I will pick up a used full size jointer, but for now this will do.

On another note, we were at a friends house Sunday and sitting around the fire pit. He went to get some more wood and returned with a box full of hardwood scraps he picked up from a furniture place in town. When I saw it was 4/4 and 8/4 walnut and cherry I jumped up. “DON’T burn that!” These were mostly small bits (12” or so) but suitable for small boxes, etc. He told me he gets bigger chunks and will pull aside the big stuff for me.

Here’s a bit of it milled up:

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#1 posted 03-29-2016 11:33 PM

I recently picked up the same model in hopes of building some furniture. I haven’t been able to tune it for use yet – I broke a finger (pinky, left hand) the next day and have not been able to do any woodworking. Two weeks or so until the splint comes off – then hold me back! Were the tables hard to adjust into parallel?

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#2 posted 03-30-2016 01:05 AM

my tables were dead on. I was really happy. The fence is the week point. it flexes if you put too much pressure on it. I’m thinking of ways to stiffen it up.

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#3 posted 03-30-2016 05:31 PM

I read all the blah blah about bench top jointers not being capable before I bought my 6-1/8” Sunhill (Company now gone sadly). With some sensible infeed / outfeed support, I have no issues what so ever working long stock… Only thing limiting me is bed width and that isn’t exclusive to bench top units…

With limited shop space, I would not hesitate to buy a good bench top unit again.

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