How to Use a Wood Jointer: Woodworking for Beginners #3 – Woodworkweb

How to Use a Wood Jointer: Woodworking for Beginners #3 – Woodworkweb

In this video I show how to use a jointer.
The most frustrating woodworking tool to use for beginners is easily the jointer. If this tool is not set up correctly it is possible to waste a lot of time and wood in trying to get flat, even edges. In this video we show what to set the jointer knives to, and what wood planer techniques will work in getting good results from your jointer.
If your lumber is not flat and even it can be dangerous to run it though a table saw before it has been edged and flattened which I will show you on my Delta Jointer.

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  1. alex banachowski on January 11, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    This was very helpful! Thanks for posting this video

  2. kulturfreund66 on January 11, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Knecht is the root of Knight.

  3. labelJohn on January 11, 2022 at 8:50 pm


  4. Mike Coughlin on January 11, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Thanks for the blade adjustment tips. I never use my jointer because it seems like it never does what i would hope it would. It is definitely a tool of technique. So it would be informative to know 1) how much lower the infeed table should be, 2) which grain direction to push toward the blade, 3) where to apply the pressure with your hands, for example apply pressure on the infeed and let it rest on the outfeed, or switch pressure to the outfeed once there is enough room and drag it across, etc., and finally how many passed you actually took to remove that crown.

  5. bill bascone on January 11, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    I have a delta jointer planer and I was wondering if anyone know’s the paint number. Thanks in advance.

  6. Tx_Reds on January 11, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    how do you get rid of the crown ?

  7. Mike Ledee on January 11, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    How do you know when to stop running the board across the jointer, will you no longer hear cutting, or what? Thanks.

  8. OddBall1958 on January 11, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    It looks like you have a delta 37-190 jointer or at least similar. So my question here is "How do you adjust the tables if they are not parallel? I have had one of these for a long time and the book that came with it doesn’t show this. I’ve searched the web for it but to no avail. Thanks

  9. Emelie Elkins on January 11, 2022 at 9:03 pm

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  10. Tracie Jackson on January 11, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    Everytime I use my jointer the trailing end of the wood comes out shorter than the leading edge. I have checked and my jointer seems to be aligne properly. What am I doing wrong.

  11. Kevin•exe on January 11, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    It sounded like halo 1 music was about to play in the intro lol

  12. S on January 11, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for the video, this was very helpful

  13. Ben on January 11, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    What brand are your brass set up blocks/Where can I get some? Thanks for the video I have the same router and was have trouble getting it set up properly.

  14. Turdinator on January 11, 2022 at 9:07 pm


  15. Ron Hall on January 11, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    So looking at the machine , could it also be used as a planer ? I enjoy watching
    your videos , for sure I’m a novice .

  16. Danny Green on January 11, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    As always an excellent how to video!

  17. Angie Williams on January 11, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    I have a delta as well. Can you do a quick video on how to adjust the fence to 90? Trying to figure out how to do that… as well as raise and lower my outfeed table. It is sitting too low.

  18. Quinn McHugh on January 11, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Great video even to this day! Thank you, as I prepare to perform maintenance on my jointer.

  19. Hardee Fareeq Shareef on January 11, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Solved my problem

  20. Tom Blount on January 11, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    I wish you would have addressed snip that usually occurs on the end of the feed

  21. William Wonser on January 11, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Not one of these videos explains how to adjust the level of the knives !

  22. WA on January 11, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    After the jointer you should move to the thickness planer. Then youll have all around square stock.

  23. Allen Hess on January 11, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks Colin I couldn’t figure out why the used jointer I bought seemed to cut the ends but not the middle. Now I know jointer blades are too low. Greetings from Maine.

  24. Sherlock Holmes on January 11, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Answered all the questions I had I should have watched this before I tried using my jointer and using the manual thank you so much for your videos

  25. Hogue Signature on January 11, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Collin!
    I have a question for you. My jointer is very precisely adjusted and the surfaces are straight.
    BUT the problem is the side that goes into the jointer is like an inverted babana.
    What am I doing wrong ???
    Thank you for your reply!

  26. Howard Johannssen on January 11, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    I very much enjoy all your videos. However, I do want to share a safety note on this video. I as you like using steel or machinist squares in my work. A while ago while using my joiner and squaring the vertical alignment with my metal square inadvertently left it on the horizontal face. It blended in with the “steel on steel” face. Without seeing it, I turned on the jointer and it was caught by the spinning blade launching it past my ear, close enough to draw blood. It continued past my head and embedded itself in my ceiling! After getting over the scary shakes, I tried to pull it out of the ceiling, however it found a ceiling joist behind the sheet rock and could not be easily removed. I still use steel squares but, they all have an added big yellow warning mark on them. Oh yes the square in the ceiling ie still there to remind me to be safe & triple check.

  27. احمد الحسيني الحسيني on January 11, 2022 at 9:28 pm


  28. Eric on January 11, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    Awesome video, thanks

  29. Marc on January 11, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    phew, thank you for the video. i was getting quite frustrated why it was jointing so weird. works now 😀

  30. Stuart Shaw on January 11, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Bought a jointer this morning as I have hundreds of cheap, warped hardwood posts to ‘straighten’ – This video just taught me all I need to know! Awesome, cheers!

  31. Maxwell de Araujo Rodrigues on January 11, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks for talk in milimiters <3

  32. Stran I on January 11, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    i can’t understand how you can get perfect results if the knifes are higher than the output table .. Imagine you push the wood and if the knifes are higher it will create a small gap between the height of the knife and output table , sooner or later the wood will "land" on the output table – that means the knifes will cut even dipper ?

  33. artincorona on January 11, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks for this video. I’m trying to adjust my Delta jointer 37-280 as you say with the blades just sightly higher than the outfeed table but can’t figure out how to either raise the outfeed table or the knives. From what I can see only the infeed table is adjustable. I just got this jointer used. Thanks

  34. VirDesign on January 11, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    thanks for talking in milimiters. upvote

  35. Charles Potter on January 11, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Good… only what is a jointer and what does it do? A completely ignorant person comes away from this video not really sure what is being done by the jointer…

  36. Fred Tew on January 11, 2022 at 9:36 pm

    If you do that you will get snipe

  37. Doug Lantow on January 11, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    The move ahead 1/8" rule is worthless unless you tell us how you are holding the other end of the ruler.

  38. botchedonce on January 11, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Why do u always do the face first?

  39. peter mills on January 11, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Hi Collin, just started my woodworking adventure, and used my bench top jointer. For the first time yesterday after setting it all up, with disastrous results, followed the manual to the letter too, it told me to set the blades level with the out feed table, after 5 or 6 passes only the front of the timber was being shaved, it also said to keep my weight on the out-feed table, so frustrating I’ve so much recycled Oregon to use and want to get started, Help!!!

  40. Michael Duval on January 11, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    what model jointer is this delta?

  41. Vladimir Nikolic on January 11, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    it has a big belly when you finished

  42. Thomas Moersch on January 11, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Excellent video, Colin. Thank you for that. I am planning to buy a jointer soon and there is no better way to learn than by watching a well made instructional video.

  43. landogriffin333 on January 11, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Love your channel. Thanks for your hard work. Wonderful explanations and clarity in demonstrations. Keep it up!

  44. Charles on January 11, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    My OUTFEED table (Delta 37-190) needs adjusting. I loosened the Lock Screw and tried turning the Hand Knob clock and counter-clockwise without effect. I supposed the Outfeed Table is supposed to be ‘tight,’ while it might also be adjustable as per the manual.

    In my case, I fear stripping the handle before I can move the out-feed table at all. I am not sure how that Hand Knob is fastened to the shaft it is attached to and don’t want to risk breaking and parts that might prove irreplaceable (this is an old jointer).

    Before I try loosening the lock nuts that hold the Gib(s) which would certainly loosen things up – then require careful resetting (and a helper according to the manual) – I thought to ask you as it appears you have the same or a close relative of the 37-190.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

  45. Mateusz Czuba on January 11, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks a lot. I appreciate especially the part where you explain exactly how to set up the blades.

  46. D Dueck on January 11, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Colin; Thanks for this excellent video, especially the part about setting the outfeed table with respect to the knives. I was always frustrated with my jointing results because my jointer would remove a huge amount from each end of the workpiece and virtually nothing in the middle. I tried varying my technique (more / less hand pressure at various places, etc) but nothing worked. In hindsight, the knives were too low vs the outfield table even though they looked right. I set my outfield table as you suggested, using a steel rule and having the knives engage the rule enough to move it a specific amount. On my 6" Delta bench top jointer (Model JT160), I had to adjust each individual knife to get the right setting, but in the end I immediately got much better results. Now I can perfect my results by focusing on my technique, knowing that the jointer is set correctly. Many thanks for restoring my enjoyment of my jointer.

  47. Dustin Bartlett on January 11, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Great explanation for us beginners except I must be the only one who noticed you only used the push pads the first cut and not the second 😉

  48. Lal Rinliana on January 11, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    nice video….but, how about push pads? u did not use it the second time

  49. Sean Parshall on January 11, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Awesome videos! I am going to ask a dumb question. What do you mean exactly by the crown?

  50. Badal Singh on January 11, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    How making table long making videos place