I recently got the Ridgid JP0610 jointer. I assesmbled the jointer with minimal problems, made sure the blades were level with the outfeed table, and squared the fence to the infeed/outfeed tables.

I began to edge joint AND plane 1" thick white oak. Everything seemed to be coming together quite nicely. The boards seemed relatively flat with two square edges and faces.

Then, by the third board, I was getting variable thicknesses along the width of the board. That is, after planing both sides, I would get 1/8" variability in the board thickness from one edge to another. I read that downward and inward (toward the fence) pressure should be exerted on both the infeed and outfeed tables. I realized I had changed my technique on the third board, so I began this new practice. My boards are better, but I continue to get variable thickness boards from edge to edge (0.040"). Is there something else I'm missing?

Lastly, because I don't have a planer, I'm trying to get two flat faces using the jointer. Is this reasonable?

Thanks.

I began to edge joint AND plane 1" thick white oak. Everything seemed to be coming together quite nicely. The boards seemed relatively flat with two square edges and faces.

Then, by the third board, I was getting variable thicknesses along the width of the board. That is, after planing both sides, I would get 1/8" variability in the board thickness from one edge to another. I read that downward and inward (toward the fence) pressure should be exerted on both the infeed and outfeed tables. I realized I had changed my technique on the third board, so I began this new practice. My boards are better, but I continue to get variable thickness boards from edge to edge (0.040"). Is there something else I'm missing?

Lastly, because I don't have a planer, I'm trying to get two flat faces using the jointer. Is this reasonable?

Thanks.

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