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#1 posted 02-21-2017 03:08 PM

Lazyman: I don’t know if someone would have made a skewed head jointer if skewing the piece is a good idea or not. However, skewing the piece means that the blades are cutting the grain at an angle – not straight on and I find that sometimes that gives me a better finish. It’s the same principle, I think, as when I use a skew chisel turning. The edge of the chisel is skewed to the grain giving a better finish.

You are correct, of course, that more of the width is being cut. Maybe that’s why no one manufactures a skewed-head jointer. For a 6” wide jointer bed, you would need a 7 or 8 or longer head = more money. :-)

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