How to Use a Jointer to Straighten Your Boards – Woodworking Basics

How to Use a Jointer to Straighten Your Boards – Woodworking Basics

A complete beginner’s guide on how to turn rough cut lumber into flat and square boards using a woodworking jointer. We are starting a very big project on building a murphy bed and the first thing we are going to have to do is mill the rough-cut lumber we just purchased. Since this is a major step in the building process, we thought we would talk and walk you through how to use a jointer!

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  1. Max Wynn on March 4, 2023 at 6:19 am

    So my assumption I that y’all reside in LA. Uh that’s Lower Alabama.

  2. handy jim on March 4, 2023 at 6:24 am

    i watch you guy’s a lot you make a great couple jim from the uk

  3. RXR Sawdust Station on March 4, 2023 at 6:34 am

    Excellent video, Dylan! Molly, and others watching, understanding the why’s to a Jointer is just as important as sending lumber over the cutterhead. Well done, Molly! Thank you both for your efforts!

  4. Debra Luxford on March 4, 2023 at 6:35 am

    Dylan you would make a great teacher. You are able to articulate each step and procedure eloquently and clearly. You’re better than many teachers I have seen in the classroom.

  5. M R. on March 4, 2023 at 6:37 am

    Sooooo….is the Ford gone?…🤔

  6. I Enjoy Creating Videos on March 4, 2023 at 6:38 am

    Nice work on the jointer Dylan & Molly! Thanks for sharing the video with us!💖👍😎JP

  7. Kevin B on March 4, 2023 at 6:39 am

    Getting a jointer in a couple weeks!! This will be helpful thx!

  8. JD Dupuy on March 4, 2023 at 6:39 am

    Shop safety 101 after 45 years of wood shop experience. Never…Ever allow someone to wear loose clothing around any machinery. Guards are not always100 % effective and freak accidents happened leaving you wondering how did that happen! I learned this many years ago in shop class and buying and reading books. Both of which are long gone method of learning. Correct your video to eliminate this very dangerous and poor example.

  9. Steve B on March 4, 2023 at 6:41 am

    Rick solid. Be nice to Molly 🙂

  10. Randle Tibbs on March 4, 2023 at 6:46 am

    Living in Alabama, I love that drive across the causeway past the battleship.
    Keep up the videos

  11. Jano Djano on March 4, 2023 at 6:47 am

    After five minutes it appears you don’t quite know what you’re talking about so I just shut it off and tried something else

  12. debandmike on March 4, 2023 at 6:47 am

    thank you for posting this video of how to use a jointer. I believe that brings the total YouTube count of how to use a jointer up to 17,000!

  13. Alex Reid on March 4, 2023 at 6:48 am

    Ahhhh the folding Harbor Freight Haul Master utility trailer. I know it well. Still use it and it holds up decent enough. Lights suck but don’t they all? Looking forward to your conversion build.

  14. Don S on March 4, 2023 at 6:50 am

    Just be careful about loose shirt tails around the jointer. Before you know it you can get awful close to the spinning blade. Great video !!! Keep them coming.

  15. Mr BB on March 4, 2023 at 6:51 am

    Excellent explanation.

  16. Rich H on March 4, 2023 at 6:54 am

    Great video and teaching us. Please create more teaching videos. I have been struggling with my jointer.

  17. Wraith on March 4, 2023 at 6:55 am

    I’m a Fairhope native living in East Tennessee. I haven’t been there in two years. It’s great to see the causeway/bayway again. Thanks for the jointer video.

  18. Beeley Wood on March 4, 2023 at 6:58 am

    I don’t own a jointer and have never used one so this video was great for me, manty thanks.

  19. Guy Bowers on March 4, 2023 at 6:59 am

    Very good tutorial on the jointer. I currently have a 6-inch bench top but want to move up to an 8 inch. I’m trying to decide which brand to go with yet. I just purchased some poplar rough cut from a local supplier to build a crib for my first grandchild and you are correct on the cost savings but I think it’s fun to do all the milling myself as well.

  20. Grizzly Industrial, Inc. on March 4, 2023 at 6:59 am

    Nice video! Best of luck with that project.

  21. Michael Maddock on March 4, 2023 at 7:00 am

    Thanks for the jointer lesson. Along with Molly, I feel that I could tackle a board or two myself. Cheers.

  22. flappy117 on March 4, 2023 at 7:04 am

    This is so helpful. As a newer wood worker I watched many videos on how to use a jointer and nobody explained where the pressure should be placed and why. I ended up with a lot of boards that were much thinner on one end vs the other and a lot of trial and error to get square edges.

  23. Jonathan De La Zerda on March 4, 2023 at 7:05 am


  24. Kevin B on March 4, 2023 at 7:05 am

    Great! What happens when you buy a rough cut board that is wider than your jointer?

  25. omart609 on March 4, 2023 at 7:09 am

    Watching molly jointing with loose clothes gave me goosebumps, not to mention you both wearing rings, come on guys, practice common safety and work safe. One single accident with these powerful machines will change your life forever.

  26. Scott Morris on March 4, 2023 at 7:09 am

    Great instruction video. There was another channel where they were starting to do some New Woodwork videos, but the stopped after the first oneZ. This would be really good to offer, and it would be a quicker video to create rather than a whole project. So you are doing the Murthy bed project that was take you a few weeks to get the whole video out. In the interim if you want to put out videos, do this one, then maybe the thickness planer, etc. just an idea

  27. tone702 on March 4, 2023 at 7:10 am

    Can’t wait for the Murphy bed build. I’m actually in the process of planing one out for my brother.

  28. David Jubb on March 4, 2023 at 7:11 am

    I was always told when jointing a cupped board to start with the concave side down. Does it matter?

  29. Woodbrew on March 4, 2023 at 7:11 am

    Hope you all are as excited as we about this murphy bed build and the camper build in February! If you have any jointer tips or jointer buying suggestions, leave a comment below. We started with a Jet 6" jointer from craigslist and it only cost us $150:)

  30. Colorado Woodworking on March 4, 2023 at 7:13 am

    Great vid for new jointer users. I recommend very little pressure and just enough to feed the board through. Remember pushing down turns your jointer into a planer and you won’t get a face jointed board that’s actually flat.

  31. D Day on March 4, 2023 at 7:16 am

    Great walk through on how the jointer works. And I know you were probably just exaggerating the bow mitigation, but in most cases, you would joint the most flat side and cut off the bow on the table saw by holding that flat side against the fence.

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