To be honest I did go to the vintage machinery and DLL that manual I didn't find it too helpful, but I will be going back to the blackboard on it. I will check this other site out as well. I have used jointers but in a controlled setting (paid wood shops where I did not need to worry about calibration and of course very new compared to this 1950,s jointer).
What i did basically was this, if anyone sees something I'm doing wrong please let me know.
I basically set a 4ft square along the beds so they align and raised the knives so they just surpassed the outfeed...
but I was not aware of the three knives alignment and will try that ( once I figure out how to move them...lol...sigh)
so I am hoping this will solve my issue...which is...one end of the stock becoming thicker then the other.
Well, thanks for the comments guys. I just got the Makita in the mail today. I'm going to be using it pretty light duty, so I think it'll suit me fine. It's so smooth compared to any jigsaw I've ever used... Can't wait to use it on a project.
I should mention for anyone looking at these, the Makita is a little smaller in the hand than the Bosch. I found it pretty comfortable to hold.
If you are going to dye it purple you really need think about the species. Maple typically looks like crap dyed. It is far to blotchy. Ash would probably be your best bet. It dyes easily and is light enough to accept a purple dye. If you try to dye a dark wood purple it will just turn brown. Ironically enough, if you put purple dye on purpleheart it will likely turn blackish brown.