I recently purchased a used Delta 37-190 6" jointer. I need to edge joint a
6' long board. The finished board needs to be 6' so I can't cut it to do the
job in smaller sections if that is relevant. My question is about where you
apply downward pressure with your hand. Do you do it on the outfeed side of
the jointer or the infeed side? Thanks.
Start the board on the infeed side, with both hands applying light
downward pressure, and lateral pressure in the direction of the fence,
on the infeed side.
Without pausing, and _as soon as enough of the board has passed the
cutter head to safely do so_, transfer one, then the other hand,
applying the same downward and lateral pressure on the outfeed side
Finish up the pass with both hands on the outfeed side.
Make practice cuts on some scrap to perfect your technique.
Dick, follow that advice but don't use your -hands- near a planer
blade. Use push blocks like these, instead. (see below) They're made
for that purpose and are much, much safer, should your board slip.
There is no repair for a hand which has met a planer blade.
At Amazon, get a pair for $10.50 (One for each hand.)
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On Friday, January 18, 2013 9:25:48 AM UTC-8, Larry Jaques wrote:
This is edge jointing. Push blocks would be very dangerous. Use your hands for sure. Face jointing, yes, always. Just to many ways you can loose lots o' flesh and bone.
And, if the edge is concave, to make it simpler to get started, set
depth to a shallow cut and start in the middle at the high point and
work to each end--you'll take the high points off first and then you can
work the whole length a final pass or two to get a glue edge.
Conversely, if there's significant bow convex, use a straight edge or
snap a chalk line and take a few passes to approach the line first and
get roughly parallel to it.
As an alternative, Cut the board to length and straighten it on the TS.
6" is plenty short enough that the rip fence will act just like the
fence on your jointer. Cut the bowed out side first and then cut the
other side to the proper width.
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