Bench Top Jointer: Mounting on Plywood

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Forum topic by MSquared posted 02-18-2019 01:04 AM 381 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2019 01:04 AM

Hey Folks! Beginner question. I picked up a C-man Bench Top Jointer. Hey! Gotta start somewhere! A small jointer (4-1/8”) to start small … And was wondering if storing it on either of it’s sides, mounted to a 3/4” or so, plywood base, is a bad idea. Space is at a premium! My idea is to fix it to a base that can be clamped to a bench or Workmate when in use and stowed out of the way when not needed. Will this do damage to the inner workings? Down the road, I’d like to attach it, or the upgrade from it, to a flip-top stand.

It came on this base which I’m going to discard/recycle. I’m already tripping over it! Thanks!

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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#1 posted 02-19-2019 04:32 PM

And was wondering if storing it on either of it s sides, mounted to a 3/4” or so, plywood base, is a bad idea.

- MSquared

It’s bottom could certainly be considered one of it’s sides. Mounting it as you plan to use it would not affect any of it’s ability to work, and if you can imagine the same board on it’s side being easier to store, then just turn it a bit in your mind, and you should be able to see the same storage opportunity if the board was mounted on it’s bottom.

My question is why do you feel the need to mount it at all? As long as you are not bending something on it’s side, if that fits it’s intended storage site better just place it that way, gently, and remove it the same. I would be hesitant to afix something to it’s side that may interrupt it’s full function. IE: the fence in the rear, and the porkchop in the front.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 02-19-2019 04:35 PM

You can store it in any orientation you want Marty. I have several tools that are mounted on 3/4” ply with french cleats on the back. Then I have a cleat on one of my walls that I hang them on when not in use. It freed up a lot of space for me. Just a thought :-))

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 02-19-2019 04:53 PM

Jointers produce a lot of wood chips & shavings. On most the cuttings exit the bottom, so the plywood that you want to use for the mount would need to have a wide hole for the waste. Likewise, a dust collector would have to planned into the setup if you are using one.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#4 posted 02-19-2019 06:26 PM

Thanks guys!

Steve; It would be mounted as shown, affixed at the bottom, but with a base a few inches wider than it’s footprint. A french cleat is a very good idea Kenny. Freeing up floor space is my goal. I’m very limited in a 1 car garage ‘shop’, which is chaos at the moment. Phil, Ah!... dust/chip collection is an issue I was mulling over. As you said, a large whole in the bottom is needed and would suffice for now. In the future, maybe a shallow air plenum incorporated in the base would work.

My main concern was not knocking it out of wack once I finally get it set up correctly and obviously, not damaging damaging it. BTW, I know what it is. As the high school shop teacher I got it from said; ‘It ain’t no Powermatic’, but he also said it’s a decent little cast iron machine for small projects that he’d used for a lot of years. I’m just learning, so it fits the bill for now. Thanks for not busting my chops for what some folks would consider a ‘boat anchor’. And rightly so if you’re making furniture. I’m not. A good clean edge to join small boards would make me happy. We’ll see how it goes.

-- Marty, Long Island, NY

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