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Jointers - All

Rough lumber is just that -- rough lumber. It often comes with dimensional distortions like twists and warps. A jointer corrects these problems and produces lumber that’s truly ready to be worked -- straight, flat and square. What Counts: • Flatness
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  • How to Tune Up Any JointerEditors PickHow to Tune Up Any Jointer

    by Roland Johnson

    There are two keys to a smooth-running jointer: tables that are perfectly parallel and sharp knives that are set to the identical height. A jointer with sagging ...

  • Jointer Tables Should Be Both Parallel and FlatQ & A: Jointer Tables Should Be Both Parallel and Flat

    by Roland Johnson

  • Joinery ShootoutJoinery Shootout

    by Thomas McKenna

    When designing a piece of furniture, how do you decide on the joinery? Chances are aesthetics, efficiency, and available tools factor into the decision. But so ...

  • Tool Test: Jointer/Planer Combo MachinesTool Test: Jointer/Planer Combo Machines

    by Roland Johnson

    Combination jointer/planers, widely used in Europe but still relatively rare in the United States, maximize shop space. Instead of buying a large, pricey jointer ...

  • 8-in. Jointers Under $1,4008-in. Jointers Under $1,400

    by William Duckworth

    Anyone shopping for an 8-in. jointer has plenty of options. Contributing editor William Duckworth tested 11 machines ranging in price from $650 to $1,350, putting ...

  • Grizzly Tops Jointer ReviewVideo: Grizzly Tops Jointer Review

    with William Duckworth

    Long table, good fit and finish, earn Grizzly's 8-in. jointer our Best Overall award

  • Yorkcraft Jointer a Good ValueVideo: Yorkcraft Jointer a Good Value

    with William Duckworth

    Casters and rack-and-pinion fence earn the low-cost Yorkcraft jointer our Best Value award

  • 8-in. JointersVideo: 8-in. Jointers

    with William Duckworth

    Many jointers look alike, but a closer inspection of the details separate some from the pack

  • All About JointersAll About Jointers

    by Scott Gibson

  • Tool Test: 6-Inch JointersTool Test: 6-Inch Jointers

    by William Duckworth

    If you are serious about building furniture or cabinets, you need lumber that has at least one straight edge and one flat face. That's what jointers do to boards, ...

  • My Five Essential Power ToolsMy Five Essential Power Tools

    by Gary Rogowski

    Veteran woodworker Gary Rogowski offers his perspective on how he’d buy machines for his shop if he had to start all over again. This article should help you figure ...

  • Jointer Tune-upJointer Tune-up

    by John White

    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 ...

  • Six-Inch Jointers, Head to HeadSix-Inch Jointers, Head to Head

    by Charley Robinson

    If you’re having trouble getting tight joints, square corners, and flat surfaces, chances are you’re either having a jointer problem or you’re without a jointer, ...

  • The JointerThe Jointer

    by Bernard Maas

    Bernard Maas says that without a jointer, the other tools in the shop can’t fulfill their potential for precision work. He explains what a jointer is, how it’s ...

  • Jointer TalkJointer Talk

    by Jim Cummins

    After Jim Cummins set up one of his jointers for finish work, he realized how his work habits influence the machine’s performance. He details how he reads his machines ...

Product Finder: Related Products

Grizzly Industrial - 8-in. Jointer G0586

(5 user reviews)

Grizzly's 8-in. jointer is a good machine at a great price.

Delta - 8-in. Jointer 37-680

(2 user reviews)

The Delta 37-680 jointer has the longest bed of those tested and an extra long infeed table. Table adjustments are made with a lever, and the table-lock lever is sturdy and comfortable.

Grizzly Industrial - 8-in. Jointer G0500

Grizzly has discontinued this jointer and now offers a comparable 8-in. jointer as model #G0586.

Delta - 8-in. Jointer 37-380

(1 user review)

The least noisy of the jointers tested, the Delta 37-380 has an easy-to-adjust fence that moves on a rack-and-pinion gear.

Sunhill Machinery - 8-in. Jointer CT-204L

The Sunhill has one of the longer tables of the models tested, but extensions must be bolted to both ends to reach the longer length.

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