========================I have owned and used the same 6 inch Rockwell Jointer for almost 40
years now.... AND I will admit that it really did take me a long time
to master using the machine....
Looks simple... works simple... and it is simple
However your words...LIGHT TOUCH.. is the reason for my reply...
Very Very TRUE.... My proplems were solved only after LEARNING that I
only had to keep enough downward pressure on the outfeed end to keep
the board flat and I wanted to use as little downward pressure on the
infeed side as possible...
When I was learning I put way tooooo much downward pressure on both
ends ...The weight of the lumber should be enough to keep the board in
contact with the table... LIGHT TOUCH.... ! Yep you are right
That makes perfect sense, definitely something to remember. I'd imagine
it's not quite as important when edge jointing as you are unlikely to
be able to flex the board, but for face jointing too much pressure
could easily screw things up.
It can be argued either way whether it is or isn't as important, I favor
it is, but the fact is there is absolutely no reason to apply more
pressure then required to move the board over the cutters. Application
of pressure should be concentrated on keeping the newly jointed face
flat against the fence.
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