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Forum topic by nickbatz posted 10-07-2018 02:10 AM 408 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-07-2018 02:10 AM

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I just got my first jointer (a 1940s Davis and Wells from Craigslist) and have been experimenting. It’s in good shape, and the quality is pretty amazing – even the base is cast iron. Plus the guy I bought it from did a great job restoring it.

There are different opinions going around the Internet about whether to apply pressure. Some people recommend pushing down on the outfeed side once the board is past the cutter, others say you’re distorting the wood by doing that and it’ll just go back and not be straight.

What does the brain trust here say?


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#1 posted 10-07-2018 02:13 AM

Also, it has a replacement motor on it, but I have the original one – which also weighs a ton.

Is it worth having the original one repaired just because it’s the original one?

This is a 6” 3-blade jointer with a 45” bed. Nothing exotic, but it does look cool. The guy I bought it from actually removed a table top from it – it was being used as a steam punk-looking table!

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#2 posted 10-07-2018 02:43 AM

For the most part it’s good to add more pressure to the outfeed side after a fair amount of the Board has passed the cutter head. Often I’m just pulling wood across the head with a single motion I have two different pusher or pullers with a single handle. I keep both hands on.
Davis and Wells made some good machines very well built. I have D&W tablesaw love it.

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#3 posted 10-07-2018 07:19 PM

Thanks Aj.

Yeah, this thing is a serious piece of work – as evidenced by it being around 70+ years.

I feared that the relatively short bed might be an issue, but I was able to run a 5-1/2’ board through no problem.

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