The Jointer was the tool of the day back 50 or more years ago for
tapers and stuff, and also for rabbits as in both cases they were very
clean and precise cuts.
BTW the guard has to come off for rabbits, there is no other way.
But I was shocked at the 3/8 " cut he was making right out of the
chute. I am surprised it didn't chock on it.
Except as noted in my post, when the leg stock is too thick to cut on a
10" bladed table saw, compounded further by the use of a sled.
That, and exact repeatability, is why I have occasionally used the
jointer to tape extra thick legs.
Tried that, went back to the ful lmonte jointer method on stock too
thick to cut on the table saw.
Simply took too much time to get all legs to be exact replicas. Might be
me just being anal, but I look closely at things like that and it bugs
me no end to not see precisely dimensioned parts.
Much rather use one of my two tapering sleds, but simply can't cut 4"
square leg stock on them, and those damned aluminum taper jigs are
simply too treacherous ... waaaaay more so than the jointer method.
Not many people do it, was surprised to see it even mentioned here.
As usual, YMMV ...
Never ceases to amaze me that folks who have no clue, and who so
obviously have no personal experience with regard to a woodworking
procedure, will continue to expound hereabouts as if their wisdom in the
matter is infinite and unquestionable.
another thought is that a joiner is not at the top of the list of tools to get
i do not have a joiner and have no plans to get one
but more importantly i have not needed one
so maybe he was asked to find a use for the joiner and do a video
Europeans have been using a jointer to taper parts for longer than dodo
and his video have been around.
Hell, you have to have decent jointer chops to use a jointer and NOT
taper a part, that's why you typically joint one face FIRST, and plane
the other parallel. ;)
Do you have a planer? Jointers and planers go hand in hand, but I use
my jointer all the time, more than just for the planer, it is a very
nice tool to have, and is about mandatory if you use a planer, or do
much work with rough cut lumber.
Top of the list tool, probably not, nor is a planer, but they both are
needed in a cabinet shop.
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I have both, but my jointer is small and not much good for lengths over
I usually buy lumber that is at least flat on one side, though.
A planer is also very useful for flattening joined panels.
When making panels wider than my planer (13"), I will often only glue-up
sections narrower than that, plane each one perfectly flat, then join
those panels together for the final width. That leaves you with 1 or 2
glue joints to scrape even instead of a dozen or more.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
For the last few years, I've used the drum sander[*] in place of
the planer for almost everything the planer was formerly used
for; particularly for panels as well as for making one face
coplaner with the other face. If I need to remove more than .125",
I'll often drag out the Jet 15" planer, but more often than not I'll
resaw thicker stock rather than discarding (composting) piles of shavings.
[*] Performax 22-44.
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