What Does A Wood Jointer Do

What Does a Wood Jointer Do?


A device with a rotating cutter ahead with two to three finely tuned blades in between two small flat table is what a jointer looks like. The wood is pushed across the fits table that is called as an infeed. It will pass the cutting had and straight into the second table. This table is known as the outfeed table.

The outfeed table has the same height as the top of the cutting ahead.

The infeed table, on the other hand, has a height that can be adjusted. This will help determine the amount of material to be shaved off the wood material. It is also a fence in the jointer. This will aid in placing a straight edge on the board.

How to a use Jointer safely

Almost all jointers of have a spring-loaded blade guard. This will cover the exposed cutting had. You need to remember though that care is still important in order to make sure that you will keep your hands or clothing away from the blades. This is true especially when handling thin pieces of stock. By using a push stick or a wood paddle then you are able to keep your hands off the cutting table.

You need to take a few passes to remove a very small amount of material than try to take a large bite in one pass. This should be done by you when you are starting out a piece of stock along one edge. This will help you cause less stress on the motor as well as the cutting head. This will also help in producing a smoother and more predictable edge.

When you are operating your jointer then see tonight that you will be reading ahead of time the user’s manual. This should be done by you not just on your jointer but in any power tools that you will be operating. You also need to make sure that you will have a hearing protection along with safety goggles when starting to operate these devices.

When starting to operate your jointer then you need to stand on the side of the device opposite to the fennec. You then need to place the edge to be jointed face down on the infeed. You need to do this against the fence. You need to start the jointer and wait until the motor is at its full speed. You should avoid cutting when the motor is not yet at its full speed.

How to operate a Jointer

As you begin to feed the stock into the cutting head then you need to apply a light downward pressure. You should have enough pressure to comfortably control the stock.

Once the piece has already passed the cutting head then you need to shift your weight forward. You now need to place your left hand into the stock on the outfeed. You need to do this as you continue to move the board ahead.

Once the rear of the stock reaches the cutting head, you need to remove your right hand and move it into the stock over the outfeed table. This will safely put your hands away from the cutting ahead. Keep moving the board until it is able to clear the cutter.

You now need to lift the stock and return it into its starting position for another pass.

More additional tips

When using a jointer then it is able to cut on hardwoods and softwoods. You need to make sure though that you will avoid cutting plywood, MDF and any other manufactured wood materials. Doing so will chip the knives in your cutter.

If you have a jointer then it can help once you have another set of cut knives. This can be very handy once you will chip a knife. A chipped knife is the one that will be creating a raised line along the edge of the board. You can remove it with the help of a sander. This will reduce the effectiveness of your joints. This is also the reason why you always need to inspect the knives in your cutting head before doing any joining.

You also need to check your stock for any metal before beginning to joint the board. The knives on your jointer can be damaged once there is any form of metal on your stock. A woodworking metal detector can go a long way in order to detect any metals on your stocks. This can be very useful especially when you are working with recycled lumber.


A jointer is one of the most important tools that every woodworker has. This device can provide efficiency when used properly. You need to make sure though that you will know how to operate your jointer properly to avoid any accidents as well as get the results that you want to have.