Setting the jointer outfeed table height

Been in touch with Jeff at Northfield and he told me how to set the height of the jointer outfeed table.
With the jointer turned off, set the table height relative to the blades.
Once satisfied, turn the jointer on and run a 2' board through, stopping th e board just as the board clears the blades. Push the board back to the t urning blades and if you detect a significant contact, then raise the table just a tad. Run the board through, again, stopping just past the blades a nd reverse the board again until it touches the blades. With the jointer running, you want the board to just barely touch the blades when pushing th e board back into the blades. This accommodates a blade that might be a t ad higher than the others.
Jeff explained, with the jointer at rest, the very slight play in the beari ngs may make a difference in table height relative to the blades, as compar ed to when the jointer is running. When the jointer is running, that possi ble play in the bearings zeros out any play, when the turning head centers itself within the bearings.
Setting the height, when the jointer is at rest, may not be as perfect as i s needed, whether using a gauge or a metal rule/bar. The true test is with the jointer running and using the wood you're working with, especially if you don't have a precision gauge or a metal straight edge (jointer turned o ff).
I hope I explained this well enough.
I need to change the blades on my 8" jointer, so I'll check out this techni que. Certainly sounds reasonable and I'm certainly confident that Jeff kno ws what he's talking about.
Sonny
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On Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 11:53:18 AM UTC-4, Sonny wrote:

t of the jointer outfeed table.

Once satisfied, turn the jointer on and run a 2' board through, stopping the board just as the board clears the blades. Push the board back to the turning blades and if you detect a significant contact, then raise the tab le just a tad. Run the board through, again, stopping just past the blades and reverse the board again until it touches the blades. With the jointe r running, you want the board to just barely touch the blades when pushing the board back into the blades. This accommodates a blade that might be a tad higher than the others.

rings may make a difference in table height relative to the blades, as comp ared to when the jointer is running. When the jointer is running, that pos sible play in the bearings zeros out any play, when the turning head center s itself within the bearings.

is needed, whether using a gauge or a metal rule/bar. The true test is wi th the jointer running and using the wood you're working with, especially i f you don't have a precision gauge or a metal straight edge (jointer turned off).

nique. Certainly sounds reasonable and I'm certainly confident that Jeff k nows what he's talking about.

Yep that's a good technique for sure! I worked on an old 24" Clements with (ahem) "well used" babbit bearings and you needed every trick in the book to get that thing to approximate flat, straight and square. It was great l earning though. On a somewhat related note, don't underestimate the sound that you hear while working wood. (I'm thinking of the increase in pitch/w hine when you back a board over the jointer head to test for blade height) Wear hearing protection, of course, but still be aware of what you're hear ing, no matter the machine. Woodworking definitely engages four of your fi ve senses. (If you're registering all five then you might need to get a ma sk or shut your mouth.) -JP
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