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Posted on How to safely edge joint narrow boards on jointer?

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#1 posted 04-14-2018 05:49 AM

I use my fingers. I’m not sure what I do exactly,
probably something like put my right thumb on
the back end of the board if it’s short enough.
My left hand I position in front of the cutter head
with my fingers distributing pressure in both
directions. I push with the right hand and when
the left gets close to the cutter head, I may do
something like quickly move my right hand up
behind the left, keep pushing, leapfrog the left
hand over behind the cutter head, move the right
hand back a bit. At this point I’m pushing with
the right hand and pulling a little with the left.
At the end of the cut the right thumb is back on
the end of the board until it approaches, and
leaps over the cutter head to help the left hand
pull the final bit past the cutter head.

I’m not that scared of the machine I guess. My
feet move too. I might be making all this up
because I’ve had several jointers with suva
guards for facing where you have to leapfrog
you hands. I think I avoid having my fingers
directly over the cutter head out of prudence
and pessimism, but I may be cavalier about it
more than I’m aware. There is, after all, a stick
of wood in between me and the cutter head.
It’s not going to suddenly vanish. I suppose a
stick on the jointer might kick back if you completely
let go of it but I’ve never tried that to see what

The magnetic feather board is a great idea. I
had a few aluminum jointers but now I have an
iron one again. I might try that out.

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