Marylou Bryan Jointers August 17th, 2018 - 16:48:39
Edge imperfections can be removed with a hand plane, a carpenter's eye, and a lot of patience or a jointer. In the past, carpenters used hand planes and planned along the length of the board to remove the crooks. First you need to identify where the problem areas are. This can be done by laying a stiff measuring tape along the length from end to end and marking the areas that need to be shaved down. Then you begin planing and laying a flat edge next to the board and you will slowly see the gap disappear. Obviously, this requires a lot of patience and time.
As with most woodworking machines, the type of jointer need by a woodworker depends mostly on the production demand of his or her woodworking operation. For hobbyist woodwork or small woodshops, smaller jointers that have a 4 to 6 inch width of cut are usually sufficient, while for larger, multifaceted woodworking operations, a larger jointer with an 8 to 16 inch width of cut is usually recommended.
Start up the woodworking jointer and let it reach its full speed before jointing any wood. Never allow your body to be to the right of the cutter knives. Always remain to the left. Hold your wood against the fence firmly, using a push block whenever the stock you are using is too small so that you can keep your hands safely away from the blades.
A board on the top being the same size as a board on the bottom, etc. Many pieces of furniture have to maintain a symmetry - in other words what's on one side has to look the same on the other side or the piece does not look right. After cutting pieces of stock to slightly larger dimensions than are needed, a jointer may be used to make two or more boards square, true and the same size.
If you were to look at a piece of fine furniture made out of individual pieces of wood, you would probably see a board on the left side being the same size as the corresponding board on the right side.