Essential Woodworking Skills – The Jointer

Essential Woodworking Skills – The Jointer

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In this video we cover the basic techniques for using and setting up a woodworking jointer. I go over the proper way to setup a jointer to cut flat surfaces, depth of cut, face jointing, edge jointing, proper pressure location and safety. Thanks for watching! Please like, comment and subscribe. Cheers!
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  1. Ken Stewart on March 14, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    How would you rate Jet equipment with other brands such as Grizzly or say Delta?

  2. BIG JOE 245 on March 14, 2022 at 5:12 pm

    Sorry, but I don’t agree with you. I’ve been doing woodworking for 50 years. I always keep my pressure on the infeed table side as long as possible before I switch sides. This prevents any seesaw effect on the backside. Pressure on the front end causes the backside to raise up the back. Sorry

  3. Brandon White on March 14, 2022 at 5:14 pm


  4. Jonathan Katz-Moses on March 14, 2022 at 5:16 pm

    In addition to joint of the week, I’ve started another series called Essential Woodworking Skills. This is the third video. Check out the others here and let me know what topics you’d like to see covered in the future.
    Essential Skills for Superior Accuracy in Woodworking –
    Essential Router Skills – Tips, Tricks and Buying Advice –

  5. Mays Woodworking on March 14, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    Great video my jointer has variable speeds I always just keep it in the middle but I haven’t found any good info on what the best speed is and when I should think about changing it. Do you have any tips for me or can you point me to someone who does thanks a lot

  6. befmx31 on March 14, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    Jonathan, thanks for the vid. I have just purchased a jointer and waiting for it to be delivered. The technique you described…never really thought about it. I would have just pushed the material across not thinking about where the pressure should be. I GUESS I would have figured it out…… after milling some stuff and it not coming out worth a squat.

  7. Brad Griffin on March 14, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    I have been subbed for a while now and have you in my notification list. But I haven’t watched much due to time constraints and my knife collecting hobby has been hogging my YouTube time. However, I plan on making a box and a display case for my knives. So I’m going to go back through your videos and learn some skills. My woodworking prowess is, to be kind to myself, very amateur. I mean, I can construct a box, but inevitably my cuts aren’t straight or the angle is off and therefore my joins etc end up dodgy. I want these things to look good, so I’ll learn and practice. I may be an old dog, but I’m always wanting to learn new tricks.

  8. Blake Davis on March 14, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    Hi john, I’m having issues with my new jet jointer. I am doing my best to keep pressure down on the out feed table and am still ending up with the issue of a high center. I’ve watched many videos where people mention that problem but say something like “but that’s so rare and only on older machines” then never say how to fix it. Can you help me?

  9. Tom Lagatol on March 14, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    Good vid Jonathan! One can’t be too safe with a jointer or a shaper! I’ve owned both for more than 30yrs and they still put me on edge before using them! ….. Great series, thanks.

  10. ChipsterB on March 14, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    Nice – basic info I need to use new jointer. Thanks!

  11. Chris Thompson on March 14, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    Awesome video. You’re right, there isn’t much out about actually using a jointer. Thank you very much for sharing this one!

  12. hgtydjdjdgh67889 on March 14, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    Thanks for the video.

  13. TheTranq on March 14, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    Thanks for the vid Jonathan. Could you think about making a video on jointimg warped wood? Like you said, there’s not too much good content out there and I think it’d be a super useful video!

  14. Cathie Zimmerman on March 14, 2022 at 5:23 pm

    Wish I’d had this video the first time I used my jointer! Great video.

  15. Nathan Wehr on March 14, 2022 at 5:24 pm

    Hey Jonathan nice video on the jointer. Any chance of a video of your full milling process of rough lumber. I mean others have done them but your videos are so insightful and easy to watch.

  16. Jim Bo on March 14, 2022 at 5:24 pm

    I would never pass a board so thin over a jointer. If you are using push pads your fingers might be ok when it breaks because of a knot or grain change or a foreign body in the wood. But the broken wood can still hit you where it matters.if you are not using push pads your fingers will get jointed. I have a jointer but it’s decades since I have used it. I only use the thicknesser that is part of it. I use a hand plane, or don’t buy twisted timber. I might just one day use it on wood more than two inches thick, but I doubt it. There are videos on how to flatten a board with a jig in the thicknesser. You get a constant feed doing it that way. Save your money and buy a better thicknesser and a try plane.

  17. WB Fine Woodworking With Don Bullock on March 14, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    Great instructional video.

  18. Shannon Marie on March 14, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    I’m a “novice wood worker” here.. when i begin jointing my boards, I’m getting a big area of snipe at the beginning of the board. Should i lower or raise the outfeed table or is my pressure not being transferred to The outfeed table fast enough?
    This video and your recent slo-ml
    Jointer video has helped me a lot, TY!

  19. Mike Thompson on March 14, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    Love my jointer, a 1960 Craftsman. She’s a bitch, but I love her. *Thanks*
    Sidebar, I still haven’t been able to comment in bold, but I did find that pop up toolbar, that I never knew about.

  20. dagrynch on March 14, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    I’ve noticed boards I jointed have a slight bow like you describe at 4:06 and I’ve been trying to figure out why
    The forums I’ve read mention infeed/outfeed table parallelism and outfeed table height relative to the blade but my 48" jointer is well adjusted so I’ll try adjusting my technique as you describe

  21. SE Collectiv on March 14, 2022 at 5:31 pm

    Another fantastic video man! Can’t wait to get my jointer set up. Just gotta order some new knives and we will be rocking and rollin!

  22. Graham Parsons on March 14, 2022 at 5:31 pm

    I have recently got a jointer but trying to joint aussie hardwoods is like trying to joint granite, many thanks for the tips i think they might help me out a bit as i am struggling to get flat boards even on relatively small boards. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  23. Chris Morris on March 14, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    I’ve just noticed this video, as it came up in my feed.

    There’s many different videos regarding this topic, but this is a great video covering many aspects of use and safety. Having recently got the chance to use the UK version too (I live in the UK), I prefer the look of the UK version. The US version with the swing guard would scare the crap out of me! 😳

    As always, thanks for the info, Jonathan. I hope all is well with the Baby and the new business venture. Have a good evening.

  24. Craig Faish on March 14, 2022 at 5:34 pm

    When checking for flat, you said if you don’t see sunlight then it’s flat.. so why not cut all your boards at night so they’re all flat?

    Just kidding, but great video! Keep up the good work!

  25. Jackson Crantford on March 14, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    Great how to video! it is really helpful.

  26. Snyder Custom Woodwork on March 14, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    This was such a solid video, really helped my technique. Appreciate you taking the time and making this! Best jointer video I’ve found 👌🏼

  27. Daniel March on March 14, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    Great vid Jimmey Kimmel

  28. Walter Rider on March 14, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    thank you Katz . from old geezer a learning new stuff . i am a sponge so much to learn

  29. MinHongJi furniture / 솔터공방 on March 14, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    hi.. I made a safety guide after watching your video. Thank you for inspiring me.

  30. symtrumpeter01 on March 14, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    Your videos are so helpful! I was about to sell my jointer I was so frustrated but it appears to have been a technique issue. Thank you for being so clear, concise, and helpful!

  31. Rustic By Nature on March 14, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for sharing. What type of wax do you use?

  32. Christopher DuCasse on March 14, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Dang! Thanks for the tips. Just got my jointer. Probably should have gotten a decent table saw first though

  33. Jim Westgate on March 14, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Jonathan, Thanks for all your postings, very helpful.
    Like to give you something back. For 40 years, I was a retailer. During that time I obtained some insight into building a brand as you are doing. Consider – 1. Everything you do either builds or subtracts from your brand. 2. While most don’t realize it, once an expectation has been created by the best of the brands all other brands are compared to it. Example, McDonalds has set a consistency bar, all 1/4 pounders, coast to coast and beyond are the same. I suggest this is a standard of consistency, there are many more and for quality…

    Your appearance, your shop’s appearance, your tools… video quality, your lessons, all add or subtract from your brand.

    You are off to a great start! I’m not proposing any change. Hopefully this will bring up some new considerations and help as you continue to build your brand.

  34. Angie Williams on March 14, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    This is actually the same machine I use. I love it. This is helpful information

  35. Alan Ross on March 14, 2022 at 5:51 pm

    Do you recommend breaking down rough lumber to size before jointing or jointing the entire piece before breaking it down?

  36. Bill Quayle on March 14, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    You are spot-on when you said the jointer was most overlooked – I think this is the first video I’ve seen that covers proper use, and also that it can inflict serious injury if not used correctly. Dad was a woodworker his entire life, and the jointer is what took three fingers when he slipped one day. Respect that tool, *always* use guards and push blocks. Focus on the operation at hand and don’t think about *anything* else while performing that operation. Great video. Keep them coming.

  37. محمد بيطار on March 14, 2022 at 5:53 pm


  38. Jorge Concheyro on March 14, 2022 at 5:56 pm

    What a great and complete explanation about a jointer… congratulations and thanks for sharing this!!!! Cheers from Buenos Aires 😉

  39. Chris Odom on March 14, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    Awesome video! Thank you

  40. Kristen Schlangen on March 14, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Just got a jet jointer! Thanks for the information. Now following you!

  41. Romulus Clay on March 14, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    This video should be called essential machine operator skills this whole channel is some guy who has minimal wood working skills but has mastered all of the machinery that does the work for you, give me a break

  42. JB on March 14, 2022 at 6:09 pm

    Great video – I wax my bed, I don’t think I would use 3N1 oil, might make finishing a problem later on.

  43. Zach M on March 14, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    On the outfeed bed in relation to the knives flush is flush and there’s no in between. And get rid of the push paddles