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  • #16
    I would very much like to learn to use a handplane but I came to woodworking very late in life and the learning curve is steeper than I thought it would be. Can you recommend a good plane for a beginner? I was stationed at Travis and March Field for about 7yr. from 59-67. Been to L.A. many times......worked in Van Nuys at the Chevrolet plant. It was a temperature controlled building 105 deg. outside 105 deg. inside.

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    • #17
      I would try to find a ww group in your area and have someone there show you how to tune a plane.
      The cheaper planes do not work right out of the box.
      The more expensive ones do.
      I recently bought a $30 groz plane, spent a couple of hours sharpening and tuning it up and it works great. You should do this to truly understand how a plane works, and why it needs to be done. If you are ever in L.A. I would be happy to show you how to do it.
      Where do you live?
      www.TheWoodCellar.com

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      • #18
        I live in West Tx. and we have only one tool store besides HD and Lowes. We have one used tool dealer and a few pawn shops and I've gotten a few bargains in these places. Thanks for your offer to help. I have a woodworking friend and sometime later this year we're going to get a bunch of guys together and maybe form a club.

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        • #19
          Thanks for this forum, everyone!
          I have a problem which I state at the bottom of this post.
          I bought a Ridgid JP-610 jointer, my first jointer, with the 10% Veteran's Day discount ($314.10 net before sales tax) after looking at the Delta equivalent at Lowe's. The Delta didn't seem to be as ruggedly built *and* I noticed it was made in China whereas the Ridgid jointer was made in Taiwan. That tipped the decision in favor of Home depot's unit!
          I also bought, by phone, a TS-Aligner, Jr.
          <http://www.ts-aligner.com/newindex.htm> gauging system because I wanted to know that the jointer was set correctly as well as I wanted to check out my table saw, drill press, belt sander and bandsaw as accurately as possible.
          The Ridgid jointer was a bit of a struggle to assemble and erect but it's up and running. The knives and beds checked out dead nuts on! Nothing was even a half-thousandth off.
          I have a problem though with dust and chip collection. I have a big Fein shop vac but no other dust collection setup. Even with the shop vac connected the jointer still spits out dust and shavings like there's no tomorrow. I wonder if I did something wrong when I assembled the unit. There are so many shavings flying back over the infeed bed that I have to wait for a couple of minutes, with the unit and the vac running, between passes of even a 3" wide board. Do other jointers spit out that much stuff - that is not send it to the collection system? Does anyone have any recommendations?

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          • #20
            Pete

            Welcome to the forum. You definitely have something obstructing the chip chute, even without a vacuum connected the majority of the sawdust will end up in a pile on the floor at the bottom of the chute just by utilizing gravity alone. I just have a Craftsman shopvac connected to mine and it captures almost all of the sawdust leaving only minimal residue to clean up. I would double check your setup, because your Fein should handle the task.

            Woodslayer

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            • #21
              Thank you Woodslayer!
              I haven't had a chance to check it yet but I will tomorrow morning at the latest.
              Pete

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              • #22
                Woodslayer, you're a genius and I'm the world's greatest dummy!
                The chute was plugged up with the chewin's off the first board I ran over the blades - a 2" thick by four foot long piece of *old* white pine. It being the first piece I think, in my eagerness to try the tool, that I didn't have the vac hooked up when I ran it that first time *and* I was probably taking too much of a bite. Now it's working beautifully - and I'm only taking about 0.008" off with each pass. A Big Thanks to you!
                Next?
                *grin*
                Pete

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                • #23
                  I'm 6'2" and find that it is a little lower than some of the others, but you can shim up a mobile base to fit your comfort level. I think it might be an inch or so shorter too but it's fine for most 6 to 7 foot boards.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by spacebluesonoma:
                    I love my ridgid jointer. I concurr with the blade guard issue. Also apparently i am an idiot but I am not very good at setting knives.
                    Any fix for that guard space, which I dislike? I was thinking of adding some wood to reduce the space. I otherwise think it is a very good jointer.

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                    • #25
                      Has anyone found a suitable mobile base for their ridgid jointer? My shop layout requires me to move the jointer when not in use. Any suggestions or successes?

                      Jim

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by rockrbob:
                        Has anyone found a suitable mobile base for their ridgid jointer? My shop layout requires me to move the jointer when not in use. Any suggestions or successes?

                        Jim

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                        • #27
                          If I can figure out how to attach a picture, I'll show the the mobile base I use on my Ridgid jointer as described in Wood Magazine a few years back. If you are interested, I will find the issue, but a search of Wood's archives may bring it up.

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                          • #28
                            Can anyone tell me if and or how a picture can be attached to a post.
                            Thanks

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Charlie Plemons:
                              Can anyone tell me if and or how a picture can be attached to a post.
                              Thanks
                              Hi Charlie - Your pic needs to posted on a host server like Photobucket.com (free).
                              Then you copy the pic address and paste in the dialogue box "IMAGE" below under the Instant UBB Codes. Pretty simple actually.

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                              • #30
                                Tahnks for the help. If this works, here is a picture of mobile tool base for the Ridgid jointer I use. It is from a design in Wood Magazine


                                http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...p/toolbase.jpg

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