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Posted on Adjusting jointer, what straight edge to get?

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joey502

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#1 posted 09-12-2016 03:39 PM

I bought a woodpecker precision straight edge to set up and maintain my ridgid jointer. I think it was about $45 and a couple bucks for a set of feeler gauges.

The top dead center of the head does not need to be perfectly in line with the outfeed side. There are jack screws in the cutterhead that allow you to adjust the knives up to the outfeed table height. The cutter head also does not need to perfectly in the same plane as the outfeed. The jack screws will create the adjustment you need. With that being said they need to be close, just not perfect. The tables do need to be as close as possible to coplaner.

I also like to use a dial indicator for jointer setup. It takes the guess work out of machine setup. If one knife is ever so slightly off from the others it will not cut or be the only one cutting.


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