Finally got my Baileigh JP-1686 running!

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William Shelley

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10-13-2017 07:27 PM

Hi all,

In March of this year, I bought a Baileigh JP-1686 jointer/planer hybrid machine with a 16” helical cutterhead.

The machine came with a 3-phase 5.5HP motor and I tried (and failed) to build a phase converter to run it. I resorted to adding a VFD directly to the machine get the drive motor going.

A whole slew of issues later, and I finally have it running and tuned well enough to joint some stock.

Below are a couple photos of the first piece of hardwood I’ve run over the cutterhead:

A chunk of maple (back side) from my recent hardwood acquisition:

Face-jointed one face most of the way:

Sanded to 220. I didn’t continue face jointing because the board was getting pretty thin at the ends:

A coat of boiled linseed oil:

This post isn’t intended as a review of the machine, but I have to say that a 5.5HP motor driving a 16” spiral cutterhead makes for a pretty comfortable jointing process. The piece came out very smooth and had virtually no tearout. It took hardly any effort to push the wood across. The maple was 13” wide at the widest part, and even taking a heavy bite, the motor didn’t sound like it was slowing down at all.

I’m pretty relieved that I can finally start working with stuff other than plywood.

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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