Avoiding tearout on a jointer

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Forum topic by KenGa posted 07-06-2009 03:47 PM 2490 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2009 03:47 PM

I was jointing some maple last night and got tearout at the end of the board and was wondering how to avoid that.
Any help would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 07-06-2009 03:52 PM

maple is tough to plane/joint ,
as the grain changes radicaly sometimes .
sharp is all i can suggest .

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#2 posted 07-06-2009 04:02 PM

I agree that maple is very difficult to joint or plane. I have found that very light cuts WITH the grain are the best. I have also lightly moistened the wood with a wet sponge just prior to jointing will also help to raise the grain and soften it slightly to help in avoiding tearout. The water works well with extremely difficult grain. You can also joint at an angle, dont run the board straight across the blades, angle it slightly

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#3 posted 07-06-2009 04:22 PM

the first thing i would check is to make sure your out feed table is set correctly, just a little higher then your in feed side. also if it is the wood grain that is giving you problems just leave the board a little long and trim it after it is jointed.

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#4 posted 07-06-2009 04:57 PM

I say the water trip plus light and sharp blades all add to your success.

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#5 posted 07-06-2009 09:48 PM

I agree with what has been said. I think sharp bits, and take several passes will help.

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#6 posted 07-10-2009 05:37 PM

I’m going to try some of that dampening method on some very interesting black walnut I have. It’s multiple branched crotch wood. The figuring is beautiful but the jointer finish goes from baby bottom smooth to pull out your hair rough to baby bottom to rough to ….. you get the pic.

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#7 posted 07-10-2009 07:28 PM

In my experience, don’t hold back on getting it WET, and letting it soak in. You’ll most likely plane/joint of the wet stuff, and if not, a little surface moisture will dry off quickly.

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