Getting it straight
Synopsis: 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 made, its anatomy, and how to align its tables, change its knives, and last, how to use it to surface or edge joint. Side information covers more complicated uses for the jointer, including rabbeting, end-grain jointing, and tricks to help in various projects.
A properly tuned up jointer is essential for precision woodworking. Without the jointer to machine a straight, true and square edge or flatten a rough, irregular surface, the other tools in the shop can’t fulfill their potential for precision work. If you want to pull straight, flat boards out of the planer, you must start with a jointer-trued surface facedown on the planer table. If the stock is bowed or twisted going into a planer, the…