I've just run a 4' x 6" x 4/4 walnut board over my new (and first)
jointer, and I seem to be having trouble getting the board's face
completely flat. There's still a very slight concavity, rising to a
height of about 1/64" in the center. I'm concerned that the curve
might be caused by either (a) despite trying to have a very light
touch, applying too much pressure during jointing, thus flattening out
the natural concavity so that the jointer can't correct it; or (b)
having the knives too high relative to the outfeed table. Before I
investigate these matters further, am I wasting my time trying to get
rid of this amount of curvature? Is a tolerance of, say, within 0.008"
a reasonable level to shoot for?
Sounds more like a pressing problem than a blade/table. Those kind make
tapers or snipes.
I only guide on the infeed table, pushing down and through on the out when
taking a full pass. To allow for the possibility of outfeed droop, which
might produce what you have, I feed stepwise within a foot after the knives.
To clear up concavity of a minor nature, start jointing near one end (13-1/4
of length) to flatten, before running full length. In this case, hold down
to reference infeed. If the concavity's bad, joint one end, then the other
until it looks close, then full length.
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