Solutions to raise an 8" jointer off the floor a few inches?

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Forum topic by markf31 posted 06-04-2019 02:27 PM 949 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-04-2019 02:27 PM

I’m beginning the thought process of reorganizing my shop and looking into making some upgrades. The first upgrade on my bucket list is a new jointer. I currently have an olde 6” Delta 37-280 but its time to upgrade to something with longer tables and a more robust fence system. The Delta sits on a 3rd party mobile base which worked out really well because the mobile base lifted the jointer so that the top of the tables sit just clear of my work bench. I could put the jointer to the left of my work bench, and long boards would pass unencumbered over the workbench. Not using the workbench as an in-feed table, but this arrangement saved a little space in the workshop and saved me the effort of moving the jointer around anytime I needed to joint long boards.

I am looking into either a Grizzly 6” or Grizzly 8” and both have built-in mobile bases but the issue is that their floor to table heights are 33-1/2” and 32” respectively which falls short of the floor to bench top height of my Roubo which is 35-1/8”.

I’m wondering if there is a workable solution for raising the new jointer up on a 3” wood platform. I’m concerned about movement or vibrations resulting from the wood platform sitting under the jointer, the concrete garage floor is not quite flat and level of course so issues might pop up trying to get the wood platform to remain in place and thus remain level. I thought about chopping the Roubo bench down to the necessary height but I’m 6’-2” tall and bending over a bench that is 3 inches shorter might be significantly less comfortable.

Being able to put a new jointer in this location, at the end of my bench, would save me floor space and would make using the jointer a little more convenient when joining longer boards.

Anyone have any ideas?

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#1 posted 06-04-2019 02:35 PM

Do you want to still have the mobility of casters?

If not, block up each corner & shim to get it level…

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#2 posted 06-04-2019 03:03 PM

Set it on an additional mobile base, purchased if proper height, or weld one up from angle and the size casters you need for the height. Mine had threaded rod running through rod couplings on each corner for leveling and licking in place do it won’t roll.

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#3 posted 06-04-2019 03:10 PM

Build a 2×4 base to fit into a mobile base. I have done this with several of my tools including a Sawstop PCS and 15” planer.

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#4 posted 06-04-2019 04:55 PM

Cut the legs on your Roubo.

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#5 posted 06-04-2019 06:47 PM

Take into consideration that it’s easier to apply downward and sideways force on a jointer that’s lower.
May not apply in your situation, but it would for me if I raised my G0858 three inches higher.

Just a thought.

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#6 posted 06-05-2019 12:04 PM

Another option:

My solution to height differences between my work bench, and most power tools was to not make them the same? I.E. I have a dual height work surface shop. Hand tool area/side is higher, than the power tool area/side of my work area. :) Find I need to have both heights in shop, especially for tall/large projects?

My hand tool bench sits @ ~35”, as like to have hand tool work closer to my eyes, and less arching over on my back. My 17” band saw is just a little higher than work bench, I use bench as out feed for long projects, but the rest of my power tools are kept lower.

The TS & Router workstation plus out feed table, Jointer, Planer; are all @ ~ 32.5” high. It allows me to use saw workstation as the staging for planer/jointer while minimizing the amount of lifting required. When I need to adjust heights initially, use a solid plywood riser panel(s) inside the mobile base

The short heights work better for me on power tools? If all you process is short 4/4 lumber, lumber lifting is barely noticed; but manhandle a stack of 8-10’ 8/4 exotic lumber for a couple hours and you know it. TBH – I can’t imagine how I would comfortably edge joint a 10-12” wide 8/4 board on a tall jointer?

Many years ago was making a lot of cabinet boxes, and made a mobile work table that is only 24” tall. It has laminated wood (butcher block) top, and short ‘base’ cabinets under it for storage. For many years, it was also the kids workbench when teaching my kids or local cub scouts woodworking. :)

Considering how much my work has changed over years, my shop is all mobile tools these days, and if money grew on trees; I should have built a mobile work bench with hydraulic scissor lift under the laminated table top (like HF lift tables only larger). Then I could have ONE mobile bench that worked anywhere, instead of several different height benches cluttering the shop space.

Best Luck!

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#7 posted 06-07-2019 03:47 PM

This is my solution to get the jointer up a few more inches so that I could easily work on it. I needed it to be mobile and raised up several inches because it’s uncomfortably low otherwise. I have no issues with instability or tipping or anything negative. It rolls smoothly and locks in place when needed.

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