Jointers For Beginners – Use Tips, Tricks, Buying Advice and Safety

Jointers For Beginners – Use Tips, Tricks, Buying Advice and Safety

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Today we do a comprehensive walkthrough of using your Jointer, Safety, Tips, Tricks and Buying Advice. This is a great video if you’ve never used a jointer or just want to brush up on your skills.

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Intro 0:00
How a Jointer Works 0:39
Safety Rules 3:17
Rabbet Ledge 5:10
Setting Cutter Head/Outfeed Height 6:55
Jointing Boards Wider than your Jointer 7:50
Jointer Material Size Guidelines 9:13
Buying Advice 9:56
Get Tight Glue Ups/My Favorite Jointer Tip/Trick 13:40
Final Thoughts 14:27
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  1. Kent Gray on March 12, 2023 at 6:48 am

    Safety is very dear to my heart, especially after working almost 40 years in the oilfield. I always give serious consideration to "what might happen" during an operation and ensure safeguards are in place. I think about every cut at the miter saw (boards not flat), every hole at the drill press (is there a fence to hold it in position), every run through the jointer and planer, and especially every cut through the table saw. Yep, I still have 10 digits, but it comes with preparation and planning.

  2. Woodrow Smith on March 12, 2023 at 6:50 am

    One scary machine…but one I believe to be necessary. Not the first machine on my list…but in the top five.

    Size is king…but like JKM demonstrated, there are work-arounds. I currently operate a 4 inch Rockwell from the early Sixties. Great little machine, and does what I need it to do. Bed length is a bit of a problem, but I mostly do "fits-in-your-hand" projects, so I’m not jointing massive boards.

    Years ago an old electrician told me that volts related to pressure, and amps related to volume. Not exact, but an easy way to understand why 240V motors are more efficient and product more work force…in that they tend to bog down much less. I prefer…when I can…to run my table saw, band saw and jointer on 240V. Not a deal-breaker, but I look for dual-voltage motors on a used tool.

    I have a warped mind. Laying on the table in the ER after introducing a finger to a dado stack, I began to calculate just exactly how many blade tip strikes I took. Not pretty. Since then, I look at every tool with that in mind. My jointer? 5000rpm cutter head speed with three knives is 15000 cuts per minute or 250 cuts per second. Average reaction time being one-half second means before I even know it, I’ve been cut 125 times. Kinda slows me down, y’know…makes me stop and think…do I want to do this? Am I doing this the best way? Might there be a better way to accomplish what I need to do with a different tool?

    Thank you, JKM. Well spoken, clear and concise information about a tool frequently abused.

  3. WVgunfun on March 12, 2023 at 6:50 am

    Thanks for the 101, just got my first jointer, an old 6" Rockwell that came from an old timer that took very good care of his tools.

  4. Tim Stauffer on March 12, 2023 at 6:53 am

    why do you take the rabbet ledge off? my understanding is you need to do it in one pass. my infeed is wider than my outfeed so if i try multiple passes even with the ledge off the board would not sit flat on the infeed to make any more passes.

  5. Charles Thomas on March 12, 2023 at 6:53 am

    That tip about jointing a board wider than the jointer was well worth the price of admission!

  6. Al Beal on March 12, 2023 at 6:53 am

    Thanks for the lesson on safety

  7. woodensurfer on March 12, 2023 at 6:54 am

    The physics or geometry of the jointer is actually less obvious.

    First, if the infeed part is as long or longer than the wood, then one can observe how the wood rests on the infeed. As long as it does not rock, then one can do the usual. make shallow cuts and switch pressure onto the outfeed quickly.

    If the wood is a fair bit longer than the infeed, one cannot blindly joint. One has to study the board for high and low spots. If there is a high spot and it is situated near the rear, outside the infeed table, this high spot will elevate the board as it travels onto the infeed. The chance of this happening increases with shallowness of the cut.

    The high spot cannot be at the rear not supported by the infeed table. One has to get rid of this high spot. For boards a fair bit longer than the infeed, one as to use a straight edge as long or longer than the board to inspect.

  8. rschellie on March 12, 2023 at 6:57 am

    I lost my pinky finger on my left hand when I was in wood shop in high school and now only have a nub about 1/2 inch long.

  9. DAVID NDAHURA on March 12, 2023 at 7:00 am

    If I have a good jointer, I don’t need an expensive thickness planer, I used to under score the importance of a jointer not until I discovered that squaring stock of is number one procedure to accurate results of a project, thank you for the video.

  10. TheRoflcopter84 on March 12, 2023 at 7:00 am

    “Don’t buy benchtop jointers” as I look over at my new benchtop jointer delivered yesterday and still in the box.

  11. toOnybrain on March 12, 2023 at 7:04 am

    This is an immensely helpful video. I use my vintage Craftsman jointer regularly but I have questions about my procedure. You’ve covered all the bases. Thank you.

  12. Kevinzo Eh on March 12, 2023 at 7:04 am

    Very helpful tips & perfectly timed as I just picked up a used jointer without ever having operated one.

  13. David Bristow on March 12, 2023 at 7:04 am

    Ok. So love the program content. Generally speaking. One can never have enough knowledge. Im a 30 yr carpenter. Never owned or used a jointer. Never really had the need for one. I think 💭. But I’m curious about them. I’ve always been a trim carpenter. Built around 30 sets of cabinets. Multiple ET centers and built in units. Always used S3S. I use a 10 ft piece of aluminum with cam locks to straight line my boards. My question is what did you mean by coplane? If I said that right? To check it when buying. Thanks Dave

  14. Bill Mankin on March 12, 2023 at 7:05 am

    So happy to hear "The fact you are terrified makes you respect it." Have been working with tools that take away but do not give back for 30 years now, and that has always been my philosophy, still have all my working parts. Thanks for sharing your experience, and glad it wasn’t worse.

  15. Matt Seguin on March 12, 2023 at 7:06 am

    Is there a certain wax you recommend to use on the jointer?

  16. A W on March 12, 2023 at 7:06 am

    We don’t need this, stop giving us tips about things, we know how to do them

  17. Kyle Kreates on March 12, 2023 at 7:06 am

    I didn’t know you could do rabbets on the jointer. Good Vid as always!

  18. imtiaz uddin on March 12, 2023 at 7:07 am

    Could you not just plane enough material until it’s flat / straight. They do seem to have the same conventional blade that rotates and removes material uniformly?

  19. Dave Horn on March 12, 2023 at 7:08 am

    Outstanding video. I see where I’ve been messing up.

  20. Harry Chisholm on March 12, 2023 at 7:10 am

    As always, nice explanation, thanks

  21. 243WW on March 12, 2023 at 7:10 am

    The "Jesus Fish" is a half cursive "f" going over the edge. The "V" is a pointer to the face. The cursive "f" stands for face side. Good info on the use of the jointer. Just started to use one. 🙂

  22. Jonathan Gray on March 12, 2023 at 7:11 am

    what wax do you use .great video

  23. Roger Culver on March 12, 2023 at 7:12 am

    The guard broke off mine. The guard holder broke off. Scary as heck using it.

  24. Randy Krzyston on March 12, 2023 at 7:14 am

    /i use my gripperrrrrrrr paddles when jointing because they have little ears that can drop down and help push the board

  25. Phil Westover on March 12, 2023 at 7:15 am

    YOU are prescient! Two days ago, I installed the first jointer I’ve owned since I got rid of one about 30+ years ago! Your timing for this video was perfect! I find your videos to always be first rate, but this one takes the cake! Thanks so much, Jonathan! (from "Canter Lane Woodworking", Springfield, Oregon)

  26. Charles Slack on March 12, 2023 at 7:15 am

    @2:20 Why are you on the back side of the jointer?

  27. nobody 369 on March 12, 2023 at 7:17 am

    try the king 12" jointer planer combo! 1yr of heavy use and have only rotated 2 inserts, but cleaning is key especially pine gum

  28. Mike Megens on March 12, 2023 at 7:17 am

    How many Watts would you need to joint/plane hardwoods? Because there are machine’s with 1200, 1500, 1800 watts etc.

  29. Ryan Bender on March 12, 2023 at 7:18 am

    What’s the best type of wax to use on Jointer beds or any tool tips for that matter?

  30. ugs oldun on March 12, 2023 at 7:19 am

    great vid, lots of useful info, cheers

  31. daniel barbieri on March 12, 2023 at 7:21 am

    That was THE vid I needed to watch 👍

  32. La Rose aux Bois / Rosewood Woodworking on March 12, 2023 at 7:22 am

    Wow finaly some one that knows how to joint a board 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼❤️❤️❤️😜 Gees you should go look at Bourbon Moth last video of how he joints and plane his boards . Don’t know how he comes up with “square” stock and still has all his fingers 😳😱 Any way love your vids and proffessionalism 👏👏👏❤️🇨🇦

  33. Jordan Sahu on March 12, 2023 at 7:23 am

    So proud of you!! Amazing vids ! Miss you man 🤙✨

  34. Donal M on March 12, 2023 at 7:23 am

    Dude… #mindblown – I have been running my old grizzly (Craigslist purchase) for the past two years with the outfeed table just a *hair* lower than the cutting edge of the blade… quick fix, but thanks so much for sharing this, and for the super important safety reminders!

  35. Treasure Hunter 2012 on March 12, 2023 at 7:23 am

    You can’t be too careful when using a jointer. Back in 1972 I worked in a boat yard and witnessed a worker loping off a big chuck of his fingers on a jointer with no guard.

  36. RW Green on March 12, 2023 at 7:24 am

    My favorite safety tip is to remember that every machine in my shop is trying to kill me!

  37. Ethan Hughes on March 12, 2023 at 7:27 am

    Jonathan!!! Help! I can’t get my infeed table off of my 6” jet jointer. I have removed everything that should be holding it. I am at my wits end. 😂

  38. Greg's Workshop on March 12, 2023 at 7:27 am

    When I was 9 my dad cut his thumb off with a Jointer. He was jointing thin stock without a push block, it broke and his thumb went into the blades. I’ve been too scared to buy and use a jointer until last Fall; I’m 42.

  39. RP Beeworks on March 12, 2023 at 7:28 am

    Don’t buy a desktop jointer….can’t agree more and wish I had never bought mine. It is underpowered and short…just not worth the money. My tablesaw will make some great glueup edges but one day I am going to get a bigger jointer that works properly on oak.

  40. Thomas Zaccone on March 12, 2023 at 7:30 am

    If you have a jointer and no planer, is there ANY way to deal with lumber???

  41. Flannel on March 12, 2023 at 7:32 am

    Ah crap. Just ordered a grizzly 8” bench top jointer

  42. Brent Nicol on March 12, 2023 at 7:34 am

    Thank you very much for the video and information. as mechanical engineer and I work on plenty of machinery, I will say that all machinery must be handled with care and never let your guard down. Always be aware and if in doubt, do not do it. Thank you very much for your time and videos.

  43. Jason Sahadeo on March 12, 2023 at 7:35 am

    Every few months I look for these comments/ videos about safety and injuries just so my blood runs cold and I remember to respect the tools. Once I keep hearing these stories it’s good enough for me. As a hobbyist I can afford to just not work if I’m feeling tired or not up to it. Also I use the more powerful dangerous machines early on in my woodworking session when I’m most alert and focused and do stuff like glue ups and finishing last. I insist for my guys and myself to take a nice break when we’re doing repetative tasks too. If I feel like my mind is wondering, I’ll just take 5 and grab a drink/ take a short walk. Going to the hospital is never worth it, take a break to refocus even if it delays the project by a day. Hope this helps someone, I feel like we all need to hear it over and over again cuz it’s easy to get comfortable or feel rushed to fullfill an order and that seems to be when injuries happen.

  44. Eitan Tal on March 12, 2023 at 7:35 am

    those pushblocks cause more harm than good. First, they slide somewhat. That, in an of itself, is a safety hazard. Second, much force is involved. That’s another hazard. You get none of these problems with an L pushstick

  45. Jonathan Katz-Moses on March 12, 2023 at 7:35 am

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  46. Tango Down on March 12, 2023 at 7:36 am

    Good video all beyond telling people not to buy bench top. Lot of pros out there making beautiful stuff with bench top jointers. Saying someone has to invest into a large piece of equipment is an elitist statement and just gate keeps people getting into the hobby.

  47. woodensurfer on March 12, 2023 at 7:40 am

    To use the rabbeting feature, the side sharp edges of the knives have to be flush with the side edge of the table. Or at least one edge has to be, and the other two can be a bit away.

  48. J Go on March 12, 2023 at 7:41 am

    Very insightful and educational. Love this channel

  49. Bryan Warren on March 12, 2023 at 7:41 am

    This was very helpful. Thank you.

  50. Ron Bishop on March 12, 2023 at 7:46 am

    Excellent advice, straight up! Thanks.

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