A Table Top Joiner is amongst professional woodworkers and many DIYers one of the most desirable pieces of equipment. It can save you hours of work and frustration getting your straight and flat reference face on your work piecr.
Before you use a jointer for the first time or after you have installed ne cutting blades. You will need to check the setting of the outfeed table is at the same height as the cutting blades. The following video does this much better than I could explain:
So having got the setup of the cutting blades and the outfeed table. The infeed table sets the depth of cut, this will depend on the type of wood to cut.
What does the jointer do?
The main purpose of the jointer is to obtain a straight level smooth surface on the work piece. This then is your reference and from it you can do other operations to complete your project.
How to use a jointer to more operations.
The following Video will show you how versatile a jointer is:
The jointer has many uses for anyone undertaking DIY the above video just highlights some possibilities.
RIKON Power Tools 20-600H 6″ Benchtop Jointer with Helical Cutter head
Fitted with a 10 amp motor driving a 6 row helical-style Cutter head fitted with 12 HSS, 2-edge insert blades. This produces flat surfaces results also easy blade changes
The cutting depth mechanism is quick with a scale indicator.
The fence is adjustable from 90 to 45 degrees.
To keep the joiner free of dust it has a 2.5 inch dust port connection.
Provided for safety two push blocks and a front on/off switch.
Shop Fox W1829 Benchtop Jointer, 6-Inch
Giving a cutter head speed of 10,000 revs/minute.
The butterhead is 1.875” diameter with two HSS blades.
The aluminium fence is fully adjustable complete with stops. It has several settings 45 inward degrees, 90 degrees and 45 outward degrees. If a specific angle is required the preset fence stops can be adjusted to the required angle.
Free pair of push blocks are supplied for safety.
A mini impeller-driven fan for dust collection into a collection bag.
The table is a past iron precision ground, 28.5” long and 6.25” wide.
The indeed table has knob to adjust the depth of cut precisely.
CRAFTSMAN Benchtop Jointer, 10-Amp
The cutting blades are levelled by a jackscrew system and then locked in place. This arrangement allows easy replacement of the blades.
Having the fence mounted centrally gives support to the work piece for its entire length whilst being cut.
Being in control over every aspect of the jointer, speed control, depth of cut and speed of feed of the work piece. This will give you confidence using the Craftsman Jointer being a portable product.
The overall size of it is:
- Length 30”.
- Height 17.75”.
- Width 6.5”.
PORTER-CABLE Benchtop Jointer, Variable Speed, 6-Inch
Therefore whatever project you are working on it is essential that you will need to have a piece, that has a
Flat, smooth surface to work from.
This jointer has an extra large table providing an work surface that is able to accommodate 6” wide stock.
The cutter head has two blades and has a levelling system by jack screws. This cutter head has a built in head lock for easy replacement of the blades. So the cutter head has a variable speed range from 6,000 – 11,000 revs per minuted. Allowing you the user to set a speed that is correct for material being cut.
The fence is mounted in the centre so giving support through out the cutting of the work piece. Therefore ensuring accurate edge jointing.
Powermatic 1791279DXK 54A Deluxe 6-Inch Jointer with Quick-Set Knives
Constructed with a steel stand and a fence assembly of cast iron.
- Table size – 66” x 7.25”.
- Quick set 6” cutting blades.
- The cutter head is 3 bladed.
- Power unit – 1-HP , 1-ph motor.
- Drive is a non clip V-Belt.
- A 4” dust port.
- Floor height 32”.
The indeed table has precision depth of cut setting that is fine and quickly made.
The fence has 90 and 45 degree positive stops.
The motor can be change from 115-volt to 230-volt if required.
The Powermatic has a five-year warranty.
Table top Jointer – Conclusion
Which jointer is the one for you will depend upon wether you are a professional woodworker, a very able beginner or just beginning to start a new venture into woodworking. The professional will most certainly look at the more versatile products and the Powermatic 1791279DXK 54A Deluxe 6-Inch Jointer with Quick-Set Knives could meet that requiremen. As for someone startin a new venture the PORTER-CABLE Benchtop Jointer, Variable Speed, 6-Inch, if larger tables would be require they are available for Porter Cable.