Adela Christensen Jointers August 17th, 2018 - 14:49:36
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.
Conversely, industrial grade jointers are often sensible to purchase used due to their considerably higher price and their ability to stand up to commercial level use for decades. Although anyone would rather have new than used woodworking machines, purchasing industrial wood working machines used allows smaller woodworking operations to stay within budget and larger operations to increase their bottom line. As long as used jointers are properly evaluated, you can expect to receive new machine quality at a used machine price.
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.
As its name suggests, a finger jointer is a woodworking machine that allows woodworkers to cut finger joints. A finger joint is accomplished by making a set of complimentary rectangular cuts between two pieces of wood, after which the wood pieces are glued together. Finger jointed wood products are popular for two reasons: their aesthetic appeal and their durability, which is significantly more than is offered by a butt joint or a lap joint. In the past, finger joints were cut by hand, and some small woodshops still cut them manually today. But for larger woodworking operations, operating a finger jointing machine is essential to ensuring that output meets demand. In addition, using a finger jointing machine eliminates the common problems of attempting finger joints with a table saw or a simple jig, such as: tear out on the back side of finger joints, the top of the joints not being totally flat and spacing problems. From large models that require a warehouse style workspace to more contained models, finger jointers come in a variety of capacities, with the main purchase factor being whether an operation has enough space to accommodate a finger-jointer that meets its current or projected production demand.
Depending on the price of a jointer, woodworkers and woodworking companies often consider buying it used. In most cases, smaller, lower capacity jointers are affordable to purchase new. Purchasing a lower capacity jointer new is also a good idea because, unlike industrial grade jointers, lower capacity jointers typically aren't designed to stand up to commercial level use for years on end without experiencing a drop in efficiency or dependability.