I have spent all day trying to set up my new jointer with a JointerPal. I
have finally decided to seek help before wandering around aimlessly anymore.
1) I have it so that the front half of the cutter head works just like it
should, but the back half produces a convex edge because the end part of the
wood is not cut. (length, not width)
Not coincidentally, a straitedge put across the front just brushes all three
knives, while it completely misses them at the back.
Okay, obviously the front is set properly while the back has them too low,
so the end is pulled up onto the outfeed table and doesn't get cut.
But could there be another explanation than simple misadjustment?
I have been setting and resetting the blades all day, and it doesn't make
much sense that I set all three front correctly and all three backs too low;
the whole point of JointerPal is that they are automatically consistant.
2) I cleaned some surface rust off with steel wool. It looked pretty good,
but there was some orange left in the grain. I took vinegar (which I have
seen recommended here) to it and it IMMEDIATELY turned the whole table
brown. The brown does not come off with steel wool. Is this normal and
proper?!?! If I didn't know better, I would say it was rust.
3) The jointer included a JointerPal, and WoodStock was kind enough to
email me instructions. But what do I do with the knife adjusters in the
cutter head; just ignore them, or do I have to tighten them up against the
knife. (Hey this might be the way to raise the backs a bit...)