Craftsman Jointer Co-Planar problems

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Forum topic by AlecLong posted 06-14-2017 01:23 PM 1527 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-14-2017 01:23 PM

Howdy, gents. Got some trouble and I’m scratching my head.

I cannot figure out how to get the infeed table on my Craftsman 6 1/8” jointer (152.217060) co-planar with the outfeed.

The outside end of the infeed droops, hanging far enough below the level of the knife-end of the infeed table that I’m getting a 1/32” gap in the middle of all my edge-joints.

I’ve RTFM, and it tells me to adjust the gibs using three allen-hole set screws. But doing that only raises and lowers the infeed table as a unit—it does nothing to raise just the end of the table so it’s co-planar with the knife-end. With a 48” straight edge spanning both tables, and the knife-end of the infeed table exactly the same height as the outfeed table (measured with my thinnest feeler gauge blade), the gap at the outer end of the infeed table is .012”.

Anyone have experience with these Craftsman jointers and know how to make these dagblasted tables co-planar? Pics below.

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#1 posted 06-14-2017 01:40 PM

I’d shim the outfeed since it will be adjusted far less than infeed. Strips of aluminum can work well. They won’t damage the ways.

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#2 posted 06-14-2017 01:51 PM

You will need to shim the Dovetail ways.Someone probably picked up the jointer from the end of the tables.The gibs just tighten or loosen the sliding of the tables.
Hopefully you can get it done with a carpenters level. A precision straight edge would be better but would cost more then the machine is worth.
Good Luck

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#3 posted 06-14-2017 02:16 PM

“You will need to shim the Dovetail ways.”

Thanks, Aj. Any idea how to do that on this jointer? I can’t find anything in the manual, and even after loosening all the gib set screws, there’s no way to lift up on just the outside end of the infeed table to create any kind of gap in the ways that would accept a shim. Thoughts? Am I missing something?

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