6 Jointer Pointers
As with most woodworking power tools, a jointer can bite if you're not careful. To avoid an accident, always keep the following important safety tips in mind.
- Wear safety glasses and adequate ear protection.
- Be sure the knives are sharp.
- Tightly secure the fence and table-adjustment locks before using the machine. And check them occasionally during operation, with the jointer off.
- Never make adjustments when the jointer is running.
- Don't try "freehand" manipulations that do not require use of the fence.
- Avoid heavy cuts that might jam the cutterhead. Take off no more than 1/16" per pass on softwoods and even less on hardwood stock.
- Never joint workpieces less than 3/4" wide or 1/4" thick. Use pushblocks or hold-downs on wood narrower than 3".
- When surfacing stock, keep both hands on top of the workpiece, and use pushblocks.
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