Wednesday Woodworking – the Jointer

This weekend I set up my new jointer.  This tool is used to flatten a surface and can be used to square up stock.  Used in combination with a planner it mills rough wood flat, true, and square.  I purchases a six-inch wide bench top jointer:

The new jointer on the table saw. Now to find a bench for it to live on.

This model is a bit of a risk.  I’ve not used this brand before and normally I like to use the heavier eight-inch floor stand models that have thinker and beefier cast iron tables.  Due to space and budget this is what will fit into my shop. I won’t be making heavy use of it and most things I’ll mill will be small, so I am hoping this works out.  This the first Rikon brand tool I’ve bought, which is a bit of an unknown, but the on-line reviews were good.

My test cuts went well, so it’s onward to more sawdust creation.

If you need me – I’ll be in the shop clean off a bench.


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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22 Responses to Wednesday Woodworking – the Jointer

  1. I bought a Powertec jointer about a year ago. It is most likely similar to the Rikon you purchased and has worked very well for me so far. I have not used it daily, but I have used it pretty much weekly and really like it. Good luck with your jointer, once you get one you do not know how you lived without one.

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  2. Ah, the joys of making sawdust. All that big expensive equipment is really just to line some rabbit hutch.

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  3. Uh-oh. We don’t have a jointer. I probably don’t want to know how wonderfully your new one works… 😉

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  4. pommepal says:

    Always new tools (toys!!!) for your hobby. As I am finding in Jack n James’s new man cave always something new popping up, and most of these things are VERY noisy….

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  5. Debra says:

    New equipment inspires more projects! Eager to see your next inspiration!

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  6. CJ Hartwell says:

    A jointer? Sounds like something you’d find in Portland. 😉

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  7. I have this image of a crowded garage with tons of woodworking equipment. Could you share a photo of your woodworking shot with arrows and notes about what’s what? My disorganized brain needs help!

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    • crowded yes, sadly with a lot of junk. When I get the new tools settled into place and more of the junk out I’ll do some kind of shop tour. and my disorganized shop needs help…


  8. Allan G. Smorra says:

    I’m not familiar with that brand, either, Andrew but if it does what you want to do with it, and you stay within it’s limitations, you should be fine. I look forward to seeing the results from your planer & jointer combo.

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    • The next project this will be used on is likely picture frames. It will be more than enough for that. A number of Rikon’s tools are licensed from other companies, but this one looks like one of their own designs. It’s not big American iron, but looks solid enough for me.

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