513 – Benchtop Jointers Suck??

It’s show #513. On today’s show, we’re talking about wood movement, air filtration in a garage shop, benchtop jointers

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What’s On the Dining Table

  • Marc is getting his patio repaired…again
  • Matt’s in-laws are moving to town
  • Shannon is getting boosters and spending money on bicycles


  • David shared a video where it is possible to actually rehydrate toast
  • Taylor suggests the loose setting on a Domino could be used for breadboard ends

Emails and Voicemails

  • Trevor has a small shop and asks about dust filtration via natural air circulation.
  • Jose has wood movement questions with regard to half laps and tenon joinery.
  • George asks about benchtop jointers for the hobby woodworker.

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8 replies on “513 – Benchtop Jointers Suck??”

MY last 7 months in the Coast Guard at CG Air Station Los Angeles, I served along with one of the most free-spirited, insanely funny people I ever met, Reginald Oswald Vanderpool III. Often wondered if there ever was a IV.

I bought one of the Jet tabletop combos early on. Then I returned it and replaced it with a second Jet because the fence wasn’t square. Guess what? The second copy wasn’t square either. I sent it back and never bought another one of any kind. Opted for a planer sled.

Hey WoodTalk guys. I ordered the 8″ Rikon Jointer about a month ago… it is on backorder but supposed to ship out next week. From the research I did it looks like it should be a good fit for my shop for the cost… I did not want one of the smaller cheaper models like you mentioned in this episode. I can let you know how it goes on some harder woods once I have it calibrated. Maybe I will try some Sapele, Bubinga, and Ipe. I bet Marc has enough to share – I am thinking I will only need him to donate about 100BF of each then I could let you know how well it works.

I have been listening through the catalogue of episodes from the beginning and just experienced the Great Transition of Matts. A belated thanks to Matty V.

Thank you all for your inspiration and information!

Adam, I have the 8″ Wahuda which is the effectively the same machine you have on order and it has been absolutely fantastic for me. When I bought it I was in a condo with a basement shop and tight stairs which would have made a floor model jointer a real pia to setup. You will very much enjoy that machine for anything about 3 feet and shorter, I’ve done up to about 4ft and it was ok, I haven’t tried 5 ft yet but hope to with some floor stands for extra support.

I was fortunate enough to be able to upgrade to a big 16″ jointer / planer combination machine and for someone who always starts projects with rough stock it is amazing. Being able to setup a power feeder on it is amazing for milling longer heavier pieces. I don’t know how I survived on a 6″ for 5 years to be honest.

I have an 8″ benchtop jointer from Cutech (Wahuda) that has been a great solution for my cramped one wall, one car garage shop. It has rail extensions that make it possible to joint longer stock if needed, though that does making the alignment process twice a long and annoying. The tool has performed very well and I’m happy with it.
Wish I could have bought something with longer tables for the same price, as well as a bigger table saw, but make do with the space I have.

I have a classic, “delta color scheme” 6” bench top jointer that was gifted to me (wouldn’t have bought it otherwise). I installed new blades on it, and I have to say it works great! It’s cheap and the fence flexes and doesn’t hold well. Though, I have to say the amount of time it saved me milling 12/4 poplar for my workbench base. That jointer gave me a clean “flatish” surface, a good starting point, which allowed me to true things up easily with my #8 jointer plane. I wouldn’t recommend it for a primary method of jointing, but it certainly takes some hassle out of going from rough to usable stock in a small, mostly hand-tool shop.

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