Table realignment and knife adjustments made easy using shopmade tools
John White, Fine Woodworking’s shop manager, dissects the jointer and explains its parts and how to tune it up. You’ll need feeler gauges, a small try square, and a good, short straightedge, plus a long straightedge to check for flatness. White takes you through four steps: adjusting the gibs, leveling the tables, squaring the fence, and setting the knives. He also explains how to level the tables with a shopmade test bar, how to fix a crooked fence, and how to replace a spring or jackscrew on a cutterhead.
From Fine Woodworking #142