I replaced my Crapsman Jointer a little bit ago with a Powermatic 6-inch
jointer.....which has adjustable in-feed and out-feed tables.
Why is the out-feed table adjustable? When would one need to adjust the
out-feed table.....can't figure out when I would ever need to do this? Can
someone please shed some light on this.....thanx in advance.
well you do have a point,
since my out-feed table is ajustable it seems easier to adjust it than the
knives, at least to me :-)
but I guess if you adjust each knife to the out-feed table, we get the same
You don't adjust it during regular operations. You just adjust it when you
set new knives in or resharpen. It should be tweaked just so it's level
with the top of the knives and then you leave it alone for normal use.
===================================I have been using the same 6 in Rockwell Jointer for darn close to 40
years now... and it has a fixed outfeed table....
Now I will admit that when I am replacing the blades I usually have a
hell of a frustrating time ...lol...adjusting esch blade to the
table...And I correct to assume if my outfeed table were adjustable I
could have a slightly less frustrating time... ????
I do not know the "real" reason for an adjustable outfeed table
either... what I do know is that I have never Needed the outfeed table
to be adjustable for anything I was attempting..
I also have a rockwell jointer albeit with an adjustable outfeed. My
strategy for setting the knives involves setting the outfeed table so each
knife bumps my "adjustable outfeed table jig" (which is a piece of scrap
with two pencil marks a quarter inch apart) a quarter inch. Once all my
knives are singing to the same tune, I then move my outfeed table up so it
barrrrrrrely moves the "adjustable outfeed table jig".
Now, admittedly, I used to set the knives with the table. What used to take
me 10 minutes per knife, now takes about 3 minutes. And I think my method
is more exact than how I used to do it.
If the outfeed table is a bit higher than the knives, a long jointed edge
will be convex (high in the middle).
If the outfeed table is a bit lower than the knives, a long jointed edge
will be concave (low in the middle).
Try it and you will be amazed at how well it works.
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