A jointer is a versatile tool that is more than just an electric replacement for a hand plane. This tool can do multiple jobs well, and many creative woodworkers are doing even more with their jointers. If you are curious about how jointers work and what they are used for, keep reading to find out.
What is a Jointer?
Woodworking jointers are used to make one side of a board and one adjacent edge, precisely flat and square to each other. It is also used to flatten or straighten out any bowing, cupping, or twisting on the edge or face of your wood so you can join it properly. If you will be working with rough lumber, it may be a good idea to get a jointer.
Jointers Can Flatten Out Boards
Once you have gotten your wooden boards cut to the correct length and width, it’s time to join them together. If you notice the wood is crooked or bowed, you can use a jointer to flatten it out.
Running the crooked board along its edge a few times will remove the crook. And running the board along its face a few times should remove the bowing. You may be asking, can’t I just use a planer? Putting a board in a planer does not change its shape; it only makes it thinner. If you put a warped board through the planer, it will still have that warping afterward.
Use Your Jointer to Square Up Boards
In order to properly square your board, you need to create one perfectly square corner by flattening two adjacent sides. The most effective way to flatten a board is to joint one face, one edge, and then plane the other face and edge. This process is similar to using a hand plane but much faster.
Trim Doors Down to Size
A jointer is a convenient tool for removing some width or length from a door. Just be sure to use push blocks when necessary in order to stay safe while using your jointer. Jointers can do even more than just what we mentioned here. Like any tool, a jointer’s versatility depends on the user.
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