Beth Morton Jointers August 14th, 2018 - 14:47:05
I love wood, especially fine hardwoods. I love woodworking which is the art of turning beautiful wood into useful or decorative objects. I love woodworking tools which enable me to do my woodworking accurately and efficiently. I have been a professional woodworker since 1981 when I established Craftsman Woodworking, LTD in Honolulu, Hawaii. My 7 employees and medium-sized shop produced unique furniture designs, mostly out of Hawaiian Koa wood. During the time that I have been involved in woodworking, I have learned a great deal about the craft, often benefiting from my own mistakes. I have used a wide variety of hand, power and stationary woodworking tools and I'd like to share what I have learned about these woodworking tools, hopefully to the benefit of other woodworkers like myself.
A wood jointer can remove these imperfections very quickly usually in less than a minute if not seconds. Then when a piece of lumber is laid next to another piece they fit together smoothly and precisely. A tight 'joint' is formed. Hence the origin of the word 'jointer' a tool that can form a tight joint. The carpenters of old could only marvel at what a modern wood jointer can do in a few seconds!
A wood jointer is power tool used by woodworkers to square and true boards. In other words it will make a board straight and its edges will be at perfect right angles to its top and bottom faces.
Be sure to always keep the following safety guidelines in mind when working with a woodworking jointer: Always wear eye protection. Ear protection as well. Read the owners manual. Use a push stick when necessary and never use your hands to push a tiny piece through. Never joint a piece that is less than a foot long or less than ten inches wide. Always turn off and unplug the jointer before adjusting or servicing it. Always leave safety guards place unless it is necessary for that particular task, such as rabbeting.
Always cut with the grain of the wood and never against. Hold the stock with your left hand against the fence and push it with your right. This may take a while since you are only shaving tiny pieces. Be patient and take your time.