A woodworking jointer is a must have tool for any woodworker. A jointer can, however, be also very dangerous if not handled properly, due to its rapidly spinning sharp blades. That is why it is very important to read all the directions and safety warnings that come with the tool before trying to operate it. But as long as you respect the danger, a jointer can be a very good tool that can be used for chamfering, rabbeting, and beveling.
The first step anytime you operate a jointer should be a safety check. Make sure that the cutting guard is in place, and make sure that blades are properly adjusted and sharp.
Ensure that you use a square to ensure that the fence is perpendicular to the table. Adjust the in-feed table and the cutter head amounts to the proper depths. A good rule of thumb is 1/16 "for softwood and 1/32" for hardwood.
Start up the woodworking jointer and let it reach its full speed before jointing any wood. Never allow your body to be to the right of the cutter knives. Always remain to the left. Hold your wood against the fence firmly, using a push block whenever the stock you are using is too small so that you can keep your hands safely away from the blades.
Always cut with the grain of the wood and never against. Hold the stock with your left hand against the fence and push it with your right. This may take a while since you are only shaving tiny pieces. Be patient and take your time.
As soon as you are done, turn off the jointer and do not walk away until the jointer has stopped spinning.
Be sure to always keep the following safety guidelines in mind when working with a woodworking jointer: Always wear eye protection. Ear protection as well. Read the owners manual. Use a push stick when necessary and never use your hands to push a tiny piece through. Never joint a piece that is less than a foot long or less than ten inches wide. Always turn off and unplug the jointer before adjusting or servicing it. Always leave safety guards place without it is necessary for that particular task, such as rabbeting.
Source by Allan Clearpool