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Forum topic by Adam987123 posted 04-20-2021 01:27 AM 276 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Adam987123

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04-20-2021 01:27 AM

I’m having some problems with my Ridgid JP0610. I can’t seem to find anything on leveling the infeed or outfeed tables. I have the knives set properly to the outfeed table but the infeed table is about .15mm low at the cutter head.

In the manual for the jointer, it doesn’t say anything about level the beds. The only thing that it talks about is setting the gibs to adjust tension on the sliding dovetails that the tables ride on: https://cdn2.ridgid.com/resources/media?key=916f460d-6045-4f5b-a7f2-58fb5d9a177e&languageCode=en&type=document

Are the gibs actually for level the beds and the manual just doesn’t make that clear? Or am I missing something completely?


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woodman71

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#1 posted 05-07-2021 01:01 AM

So what is the deep of cut you want 16th , 1/8 of inch your infeed table is always lower then your outfeed table. Maybe I don’t understand your question but it sound to me there is no problem . Is this your first time you have used a jointer. Look at the picture in owner Manuel Figure 42 that is how a jointer cut works by adjusting the infeed table I have my set for 16th of inch cut I would not go over a 1/8 inch

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#2 posted 05-07-2021 01:23 AM

You are correct the gibs are not for adjusting the plane of the tables. They should be snug but so snug that you cannot lower and raise the table with the handwheels.
If you have determined your machine has tables that are out of plane first make absolutely sure. Lots of people make the mistake of goofing around with table alignment when all that’s needed is a proper outfeed to knife height adjustment.
Good Luck

-- Aj

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Adam987123

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#3 posted 05-07-2021 01:34 AM

First time owning my own jointer but not first time using. The tables are out of alignment with each other. using a straight edge, a machined straight edge not a level, the infeed table is .15 mm lower on the inside (cutterhead side) than the outside (when using the outfeed table as reference for the straight edge)

Honestly, I just couldn’t believe that a jointer would have absolutely no bed leveling at all. I ended up using some shims to level the infeed table and things are good enough for now, about .02 mm low on the cutter side.

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AlaskaGuy

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#4 posted 05-07-2021 01:56 AM

How does the jointer preform? What kind of cuts are you getting?

I always thought shiming jointer table with dovetail ways was the normal process to make table co-planer (not leveling)

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Aj2

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#5 posted 05-07-2021 02:36 AM

It could be that it was carried from the ends of the tables. The Dovetail ways are very small and delicate and if the gibs were loose swarf can find its way in.
Or maybe its just a bad one from the factory .
Shims are usually put on the outfeed side since it’s not moved as much.
Don’t fret too much you’ll out grow it soon enough.:)
Good Luck

-- Aj

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#6 posted 05-07-2021 02:57 AM

+1 AlaskaGuy
Need to shim dovetail jointer tables to solve leveling issues.
Using shims to adjust tables is one of the drawbacks to dovetailed table design.

FWIW – More expensive parallelgram jointer tables have leveling adjustments.

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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