Woodworking jointers are used to make one face of a board, and one adjacent edge, perfectly flat and square. Jointers are great for flattening out cupped boards, removing twists, and preparing board edges to be glued together.

What is a wood jointer?

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A jointer is a machine that is used to flatten or square the face of a board, or one edge of a board. The purpose of a jointer is to make the edges and faces of boards parallel and perpendicular.

A jointer can be used in woodworking for any task requiring square edges, such as making doors and drawer fronts, cutting rabbets and dadoes, cutting miters and compound miters, planning flat stock (like plywood), planning curved stock (like quarter-sawn oak), etc.

What are the different types of Jointers?

There are a lot of different types of jointers, depending on the type of woodworking task that you are doing. Here are examples of the 4 common types of jointers:

Closed-stand jointer:

Closed-stand jointer

These are the simplest type of jointers. They have a stationary table that is bolted to the floor. The machine is operated by a handle and a foot pedal. It comes in four sizes, 6, 8, 12, and 16 inches. This jointer is used for simple joinery work like cutting dadoes, rabbets, and miters. It comes in an enclosed base, to protect it from dust.

Open-stand jointer:

Open-stand jointer

These are similar to closed-stand jointers, except that they have an open frame with a movable table, which can be raised or lowered by hand or foot pedals. It can cut maximum width of only 6 inches.

Benchtop jointer:

Benchtop jointer

These are the most common type of jointers. They have a stationary table that is bolted to the floor. The machine is operated by a hand-cranked handle and foot pedals.

Jointer planer combo:

Jointer planer combo

These are a combination of a planer and jointer. The planer is used to flatten the face of the board, and the jointer is used to square up the edges.

Frequently Asked Questions about Jointer

What are the main parts of the jointer?

The four main parts of a jointer are the table, fence and cutter head.

What is the purpose of the table?

The table is used to support the board in place while it is being cut. The table can be raised or lowered by hand or foot pedals.

What is the purpose of the fence?

The fence holds the board in place while it is being cut. The fence also allows you to adjust how far away you want your workpiece from your blade.

The closer you set your workpiece to your blade, the more accurate your cuts will be, but they will take longer because you have less material between your blade and your workpiece. If you set your workpiece too far away from your blade, then it will take longer to cut the workpiece, but you will have a wider cut.

What is the purpose of the cutter head?

The cutter head is used to cut the board. The cutter head also has a depth stop that can be used to adjust how deep your cut is.

What are the advantages of a jointer?

The advantages of a jointer are that it is fast, accurate, and versatile. It can be used to cut boards from 1/4″ to 2″ thick. It can also be used for flat surfaces or curved surfaces. It can also be used for both softwood and hardwood boards.

What are the disadvantages of a jointer?

The disadvantages of a jointer are that it is not very portable and it is not very powerful. Also, it takes up a lot of space because it has many different parts that have to be attached together in order to work properly.

Conclusion

I hope my answers helped you. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. I will be happy to help out.

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