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Joint Safely

Joint Safely

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.


Comments (4)
lescott526 wrote:

this contains some very good instructions

2/19/2015 10:03:00 AM Report Abuse
mustangrunner44 wrote:

If your outfeed table is not moveable then the knives will have to be adjusted up or down in the cutterhead to match the outfeed table.

3/1/2012 08:53:26 PM Report Abuse
tunastap1 wrote:

What if the outfeed table is stationary?

3/1/2012 11:28:01 AM Report Abuse
mathisonr1 wrote:

Step number two is a great tip. It beats the heck out of trying to find the high spot of the rotation of your cutter head by eye. Rick

2/12/2011 08:20:14 PM Report Abuse

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