Graphical Construction Glossary >> Tools. >> Power Tools >> Jointer Planer
A good looking and efficent surface planer. The usefulness of thes machines is directly proportionate the the overall length. A short machine is very useful but as they used to say when I were a lad, "a good big un will beat a good little un".
For information on how to use a jointer have a look at my jointer page.
In strict terms a jointer can be any tool that aids in making a joint. Bricklayers have them, concretors have them and so do pipe layers.
In woodworking the term jointer was first used to mean a large hand plane that is used for truing up the edges of timber to make neat joints.
When woodworking planing machines were invented the term planer came into being, meaning a machine that performs the action of a wood plane. There are few main types of planing machines:
I used to have a small combination bench saw that had a 4" jointer planer at the side. I bought it cheap at an auction and I only ever intended using the saw. I used it on site when doing what we call second fix, or trim Carpentry as my US mates call it. Being used to using a jointer in the workshop that was over seven feet long I didn't think the tiny jointer would get much use... but it was there so for a couple of things I used it, and then some more etc. etc. It is surprising how handy these small machines are, and the longer you have them the more uses they are put to.
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