Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Helena, Montana
After reading the newwoodworker.com articles, I rechecked my settings. The tables appear true and parallel. The fence needed to be squared but I don't think that was the problem. The outfeed table may be a hair to high. To install the newly sharpened blades to a uniform heighth, I used a 36" steel straight edge off the outfeed table. With the table locked into position, I set each blade, front and back, so the high point barely scraped the straight edge. Most articles reccommend using a fancy dial callipers. Maybe I should make the investment, but it seems like a lot for a hobby woodworker; maybe more than I paid for the jointer.
Based on the articles, I also reduced my feed rate considerably. This seemed to help a lot. Previously my feed rate approximated the feedrate I use on my table saw. I also tried to put more pressure on the outfeed table. Finally, I have decided to change the design of my project to reduce the length of the boards. Trying to joint a bowed 8' 1 x 4 is more than I can handle. The other option would be to go to a hand plane. Who ever thought using a jointer would be so hard?
Anyway thanks again for your comments. This is a great website, especially for those of us without local help. I'll sleep better tonight.
Pete the Sawdustman