how to use a hand saw jointer

Why do you need a jointer for a table saw?

Once you have the baseline, you can now move that lumber to another machine, like a table saw or perhaps a planer, and continue your build. It doesn’t matter whether you are purchasing sized lumber or rough cut lumber, boards can warp and the best way to make them flat again is with the jointer.

What's the best way to use a jointer?

Place your left hand on top of the board near the front edge (applying just enough downward pressure to make sure that the wood doesn’t bounce over the cutterheads), and then use your right hand to push the board through the cutterheads. Keep repeating this process until you have achieved the desired result.

How are hand tools used to joint wood?

A number of jointing methods exist today that use hand tools, shop tools or power hand tools. The principle of jointing is that the long length of the fence or table on a jointer tool allows the wood to pass over a cutter to remove the high points on the wood. It usually takes several passes to remove enough wood to make the surface flat.

What should the depth of cut be on a jointer?

Set your depth of cut so that it makes noticeable progress with each pass but does not burden the motor. I normally set the depth of cut on my jointer to approx. 1/32″, and often make two passes to remove enough stock to produce a perfectly square edge. I would rather take this conservative approach and not distress the machine.

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