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Posted on Jointers are too complicated!

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#1 posted 02-06-2011 11:21 PM

A jointer is a very simple machine, however, using it properly is not as simple. I do not recommend using an industrial tool with out some professional assistance or direction for safety and to get the desired results. The purpose of a jointer is to true one side of a board. That means to render it straight on one edge in order to rip or process it in some way while running it against a fence. It’s purpose is not to give that edge a perfectly smooth finish because it usually won’t, especially if you run against the grain.
For a smooth edge you’ll need to sand it, perhaps with an edge sander.

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