Make a Bench Jointer Out of a Power Planer


Hey guys, how are you doing? A lot of you asked me to make a video about my bench top jointer, so let’s take a tour! I did hours and hours of research, trying to find a way to convert a power planer into a reasonable nice small jointer and, at some point, I found this plans from FreddyS on the Lumberjocks website. After observing the plans along with the pictures in depth, I started working out my version of this whole idea making some necessary changes. It isn’t big but has been working fairly well for small pieces of wood. I have 3 steel brackets holding the fence in place and a zip tie presses the power button. The planer is a hair lifted from the base to reduce vibration and I found that setting the depth of cut to 0 actually removes enough material for me. The safety guard pivots with a bolt that goes into a nut trapped in that little block of wood and I keep it just finger tight. The spring effect is made with a rubber band simply hocked to the bottom left of the machine and it works like this. Recently I added this fine tuning mechanism with a threaded rod and two locked nuts on one end. In the alignment of the fence hole, there is another nut trapped in the base board so I can tune the fence and make it square to the jointer table by threading the rod in and out. The infeed table is movable and has grooves and bolts that allow the table to slide up and down for convenient adjustment. I use a straight edge to level up the extension table with the power planer front plate and the same goes for the outfeed table. to keep the surface slippery so the wood moves smoothly, I apply a homemade bees wax and mineral oil creamy mixture on the table and fence. Now, let’s make a test and see this build in action. You shouldn’t be expecting perfect results with this set up but it can be really useful if you have a power planer that you don’t use that much. It’s really easy to store and doesn’t take much space. I hope you find this informative and if you still have questions leave them on the comments section and thanks so much for watching. I’ll catch you later! Well, I have a question for you. Sometimes I get this big scallop at the end of a jointed surface. Why does this happen? What am I doing wrong?

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  1. To answer your question in the end. the outfeed table is below cutting edge of the planer. it must be adjusted to the highest point of the blades.

  2. the dip at the end is called snipe and it comes from not keeping an even pulling motion and down ward pressure on the work peace coming through the jointer.  this also occurs with work coming through a big belt sander.  even though the sander has a feeding belt it is always best for some one to be at the back of the sander and keeping an even pulling pressure all the way through and out of the sanding belt.

  3. There is Craft. There is Art. There is Design. There is Engineering. Then there is YOU ! !

    You have found a need, came up with a solution, defined the fix, constructed it, tested it, tuned it and now use it. BRAVO

    Thank you for sharing…

  4. Nice build! Think I'll make one too. To answer your question, I believe you're applying too much pressure on the end of the board just before it clears the blades. Keep forward pressure motion on the board at the front to middle of its length as it passes over the blade. You'll get better more consistent results.

  5. Im new to woodworking and I want to know why make this when you can use the power planer by itself to straigthen the wooden piece?

  6. Great project, I have power planer I am not using that much and will be perfect for this!!! Thanks!!!

  7. I have the same problem with a bigger jointer. When the wood exit out the first table and is only support on the second table. Maybe you are too greedy 😉 and you have set your jointer too hight. I set for the final passage, very lightweight, and the problem is frequently solved. Thanks for your video.

  8. Tas a aplicar demasida presao na part final da junta, a pressao devia ser aplicada mais na part da frent(Parte que ja esta planada)
    Great Videos, been watching some of your videos and only realized in your last 3 videos that you are Portuguese….
    Same here, but living in Australia.

  9. Hello there !

    I think the snipe you're facing is the same than the one Matthias Wandel highlights in its video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9osTTcVz5c0 (time 4:45, 6:11 and 6:48). As you can see, if I got it right ( 🙂 ), the problem also exists with manufactured machinary.

    Hope this can help anybody.

    I just discovered your channel couples days ago and I very like your crafting/building/thinking style. Thanks for sharing.

    Best of luck for futur.
    FAQ

  10. the divot you're getting at the end of your use of your planner means that you getting sniped you need to not put pressure on the end of the cut and use your hands to draw the lumber only putting pressure on your outfeed table

  11. If you trail a sacrificial board behind the one you're planning, you can avoid snipe. This trick works for planners, but I'm not sure it works for a jointer :s Worth a try.

  12. no adjustments needed ur simply pushing your wood to hard downwards at the end caysing tge wirkpiece to dip down into the blade gap

  13. normally you need to apply pressure on the backside of the machine when work on horizontal but you doing reverse so you need to apply pressure on starting piece of any work to avoid ''snipe.''
    rest is cool.

  14. About scallop thing – probably cause you set the depth of cut to 0 and work-surface behind the blade is on same level.

  15. hello I am from Indonesia I am interested in the project you're on the bench jointer can you share with me a more detailed plan all about you bench jointer before and afterward I thank you for your projects

  16. I have no experience with power tools so can you please tell if the lumber is wider than blade can I still run it on this jointer ?
    Thanks and keep up the good work

  17. You do nothing wrong … it is the Mashine that doesn't fit right … there is a mistake between the table in the back and the front Table…. there is a Video out for adjusting a planer … it's deffently Not you who make the mistake … thx for sharing the Video … 👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

  18. Hi, just like to say, what a cool job you've done there reproducing the jointer. I'm certainly going to have a go at that. Just my own personal take on the 'Snipe' issue. Why don't you try deepening the side fence and adding a featherboard on the out feed side of the plane, to hold the material down, like you would on a router table etc.
    God bless you.
    Glyn

  19. Just yesterday I used a handheld power-planer just clamped on the vice, and on first try it just grabbed the piece of wood and shot it back taking with it half of my fingertip. Any safety tip for my next time using it (in about 15days when I remove the stitches)???

  20. ok i like ur video but u didnt explaine how is the details je veux dire toute les dimensions et les côtes pour cette belle machine
    with pleasure thank you

  21. the reason is
    as you are pushing through your jointer the end piece comes off it is dropping down which is causing that little divot that you are talking about

  22. Cristina: Salutation from Panama City, Panama. Caribean or Latin America. We (my wife and me) love your job and slyle. Keep doing more videos for all us. Best regards

  23. Muito bom. Sou do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Estava procurando um projeto desses para mim, achei o seu e frei um igual. Obrigado

  24. Scallop is caused by to much pressure at the back of your work piece, so that as you pass over the blade at the end of the board there is not enough toward pressure causing the work piece to dig down on the jointer blade causing the scallop.

  25. After watching several videos to get ideas to make my jointer, yours is definitely the style I'm going to make! … I will probably make my in and out tables longer to see if that helps with the snipe a little, but if not there's always the old running a piece of the same size wood ahead of the piece you want to joint and then behind it and the scrap will take the snipe.

  26. Nice build. My question is why did you not have the infeed table fixed/permanent? That should need to move as the outfeed is the one that raises and lowers. That might take care of your snipping issue. Not sure

  27. About that scallop thing. You tell that when the infeed table is set to 0 the planer cut enough.
    If the knives are set or adjusted too high, they will cut the wood higher than the out-feed table and infeed table.
    This means that the wood will not be cut parallel to nor in- nor the out-feed table.
    And as the knives cut higher than both tables, when the wood leaves the infeed table it dumps down on the knives (when the infeed table is lower ! )
    You can't see this for guard, but here is a link that shows what I am trying to tell.
    at the end —— https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWDlEY9Q-zI
    Thanks to Cornerfield Shop

  28. About that scallop thing. You tell that when the infeed table is set to 0 the planer cut enough.
    If the knives are set or adjusted too high, they will cut the wood higher than the out-feed table and infeed table.
    This means that the wood will not be cut parallel to nor in- nor the out-feed table.
    And as the knives cut higher than both tables, when the wood leaves the infeed table it dumps down on the knives (when the infeed table is lower ! )
    You can't see this for guard, but here is a link that shows what I am trying to tell.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWDlEY9Q-zI
    Thanks to @UCcxiyTuWTBiWMO2eQ8MEtVQ

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