Wood Jointer Tips for Setting Up and Using a Jointer

Wood Jointer Tips for Setting Up and Using a Jointer

A Wood Jointers is used to make boards straight, flat and square. Setting them up and using a jointer can be frustrating if you are not getting good results, so this video will help bring these elements together so that building home furniture, jewelry boxes, storage units, house molding, cutting boards, and other wooden items that require precision sides, will not be a mystery to make. In this video, we look at how to use a wood jointer and also look at some tips and tricks that will help you in the use of your jointer.

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  1. Don Turner on August 5, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    The jointer model and explanation are really clear – thanks so much!

  2. Ronald D on August 5, 2023 at 3:49 pm

    The fact that you made a mock-up to demo for this is impressive.

  3. Paul Frizzell on August 5, 2023 at 3:50 pm

    Thank you😊

  4. gcgFenris on August 5, 2023 at 3:51 pm

    Just got a delta jointer and couldn’t figure out why I kept a bow. Thank you for clear instructions

  5. Chase MacKay on August 5, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    My grandfather past down his old 7/8 HP craftsman 5-1/8inch jointer to me after he died and after everything, blades are higher than outfeed, I’m concentrating pressure on the outfeed and I’m still getting snipe at the last inch. The outfeed is fixed and doesn’t move so I don’t know what to do. Love your channel if you have any pointers for a new woodworker id really appreciate it.

  6. Joel Matthew on August 5, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    Just bought my first jointer last week, this video was extremely helpful with no-brainer info. Thanks!

  7. Three Ts Dad JustMe on August 5, 2023 at 3:53 pm

    Newbie here. So glad I watched this. Thank you!

  8. The Rookie Fisherman on August 5, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Geat video thanks, for a board that has a cup will that be the same proses as with a bow?

  9. ZMCC, LLC on August 5, 2023 at 3:56 pm

    What a useful video! Thank you so much for the help!

  10. R. Simpson on August 5, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    Thank you; you answered a question I was very confused about (where to put the pressure).

  11. E on August 5, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    If you take the same thickness blocks on either ends of the string and use a third block to check if the string is parallel throughout

  12. Ron Macdougall on August 5, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    Love the videos,very good info

  13. F M on August 5, 2023 at 4:01 pm

    I appreciate all the extra effort taken with the demonstrative apparatus and explaining it to a novice hobbyist like myself. Thank you.

  14. Sonical Mods on August 5, 2023 at 4:01 pm

    i wish i had found this video earlier! I ve made all the mistakes you mention! Bad quality corner for setting up the fence… also set the knives slightly lower than the outfeed… Thankfully i found your video before the beatiful piece of european ash i am jointing is destroyed!

  15. Happy Killmore on August 5, 2023 at 4:02 pm

    I wasn’t taught a lot of this in wood shop, and I’ve been doing a lot wrong for decades. This video is game changing. Thank you.

  16. MinHongJi furniture / 솔터공방 on August 5, 2023 at 4:04 pm

    hello..I made a safety guide after watching your video. Thank you for being an inspiration to me.

  17. The Owen Squires Show on August 5, 2023 at 4:04 pm

    Thank you for all the effort, great video Collin!

  18. John Champion on August 5, 2023 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks for your tips, however, there is one tip that does not work. Using dental floss or a similar thin cord would show if the fence is concave, since you would see a gap in the middle. But if the fence is convex, then the floss would simply follow the curve and there would be no gaps, but the fence would not actually be straight. The only way to use floss would be to set it off the fence a couple of millimetres at each end and then see if the fence is parallel to the cord.

  19. Anchor and Chisel Woodworking on August 5, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    Watched this video and the quality of my joints increased greatly. My blades were set correctly, but I just needed some fine tuning on technique. Thanks !!

  20. Art on August 5, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    Learned a lot. Good to know when restoring an old rusty machine.

  21. Keith Koval on August 5, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    Your expelation of how and why to apply pressure to the workpiece is the best that I have seen, very clear thanks!

  22. Andrew Roman on August 5, 2023 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you so much for this video, I have been using a jointer for about a day now and I have watched other videos prior, yours is the first one that broke it down like it was for a person who had never used a jointer before, not a refresher course. You have saved me thousands of hours of wasted time and wood. Thank you so much

  23. Ray Rosher on August 5, 2023 at 4:10 pm

    nicely done I have the same jointer and this really helped

  24. A J on August 5, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    Thank you for the great tips!

  25. David Ahmad on August 5, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    Excellent tutorial!!! Thank you!!!

  26. Yareth Pellot on August 5, 2023 at 4:15 pm

    You are amazing, thank you for this tips!

  27. Bernard Douthit on August 5, 2023 at 4:15 pm

    Colin – this is a really helpful video, but I have to say I’m a bit confused. I just bought a brand new Grizzly Jointer that has a spiral cutter head and the instruction manual says to make the outfeed table level to the body of the cutterhead (not the blades) and then to make the infeed table level to the outfeed table. From your videos and others I’ve seen, it looks like a jointer’s infeed table should be slightly lower than the cutterhead and the outfeed table. Is this true when the infeed table is set to 0? The Grizzly model I bought, the GO946, has 4 adjustment screws on each table and so far I haven’t been able to lower the table to be level with the cutterhead. I’m going to call Grizzly support, but this question about how the tables should be when infeed is at 0 depth – I’d be interested in your answer to this. Thanks.

  28. Rocksteady / Roxoriginal on August 5, 2023 at 4:15 pm

    Well understanding video,I got the whole thing Colin nice one

  29. dennisg11348 on August 5, 2023 at 4:17 pm

    I used to be an instructor at a nuclear power plant. You are a great instructor!

  30. John Fulton on August 5, 2023 at 4:18 pm

    Excellent video by a great teacher.

  31. Stacey Lewis Designs on August 5, 2023 at 4:21 pm

    Good video

  32. Chris Ehlers on August 5, 2023 at 4:21 pm

    Clearest video on jointer strategy I have seen. A+

  33. Adventures In The Outback on August 5, 2023 at 4:22 pm

    Thank You!!!

  34. Adam Stewart on August 5, 2023 at 4:22 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to explain and give visual examples. I’m sure I will have better results tomorrow because of it!

  35. Wesley Brace on August 5, 2023 at 4:24 pm

    Great video. Great information for a new owner of a jointer.

  36. Brian on August 5, 2023 at 4:26 pm

    I like the exaggerated model

  37. Metalbass10000 on August 5, 2023 at 4:26 pm

    I have seen jointers, and several planers, that had metal surfaces that were not at all flat, or straight, or true. I bought a beautiful 6" Oliver jointer, brand new, helical cutter head, with 18 carbide inserts, and I needed to make new gibs for it. Couldn’t cut a flat, straight piece no matter what I did. The manufacturer was stumped, too. After making the gibs it is a spectacular tool.

  38. BIG JOE 245 on August 5, 2023 at 4:29 pm

    Good video except I don’t agree with you when jointing the edge. You said keep pressure on OUTFEED TABLE SIDE. In my opinion by doing that a person would create a SEESAW effect on the backside of the board and the backside might not get cut. I would rather keep pressure on the infeed table side as long as I can because the wood on the outfeed side has already been cut. I do agree that it is important to keep the wood pressured against the fence in order to get a 90 degree cut.

  39. neville sukul on August 5, 2023 at 4:30 pm

    Hi there again uncle (smile) Colin, another prize-winning video. Thank You and God bless.

  40. carlos lovera on August 5, 2023 at 4:30 pm

    I am a newby with a jointer and this is a great explanation. I put too much pressure on the wrong places and get bad results. Ill start practicing the right way. I will also get a fixed square for setting up the tool.
    Thank you

  41. Michael O on August 5, 2023 at 4:31 pm

    Thanks for this! I recently changed my jointer knives and cleaned the dovetail ways on the infeed table. Since doing this, my jointer now cuts concave edges on boards (a hump in the middle) and I can’t get straight boards for glue ups. I’ve double checked table alignment over and over again and everything seems fine. My outfeed table is not lower than the infeed table. What could be causing this? I do notice some noise in my cutter head, so I think I may have a bad bearing that needs to be replaced. I don’t think that could be causing it, though. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated as I’m beyond frustrated at this point!! Thanks!

  42. Norman Erwin on August 5, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    The best ever tutorial I have ever seen re: Jointer Use. (and I have seem many many others.

  43. Scrounga’s Workshop on August 5, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks Colin, I’m currently restoring an old Australian made jointer so I’ll be watching your video again before I start using it. Very informative with clear instructions. Cheers Stuart 🇦🇺

  44. Jake Is Cheesy on August 5, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    Well done, really appreciate the level of detail and not too wordy, straight to the point. Keep making videos, you’re helping a lot of people!

  45. Damián on August 5, 2023 at 4:38 pm

    I don’t think we could have a better explanation. Really great content! Thank you!

  46. James Merritt on August 5, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    You mention using a digital inclinometer for setting up your saw blades why not use it for setting up the jointer fence

  47. Frank Mason III on August 5, 2023 at 4:40 pm

    I owed you a subscribe just for this video. Awesome

  48. Mathias on August 5, 2023 at 4:44 pm

    What brand is your jointer?

  49. Rick Scarpello on August 5, 2023 at 4:45 pm

    well damn…. you taught me so much in a nice short amount of time. Many thanks!

  50. Neil S on August 5, 2023 at 4:46 pm

    Just purchased a jointer ! Thanks so much for making this video this helps tremendously!