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Setting up a non-parallelogram jointer

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Hi, i have recently bought an old 3800 Beaver 6" jointer (see before/after pictures).

I would like to have tips on how to set up the tables coplanar.

I have read somewhere that I should shim the outfeed and infeed tables, but i can't figure how to do that and at the same time be able to set up the depth of cut.

Thanks

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Thanks for posting that link, I'm about to go through this with my 6" Ridgid jointer. Not looking forward to it but I think it needs to be done.

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Anyone have a link for the metal shim stock?

I remember a scene from "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". I've forgotten nearly all of the book except for this one scene.

Two guys are riding their motorcycles across the US. One guys fixes the other guy's bike with a shim. Second guy is thrilled with the fix: neat, clean, does the job, until he asks, "where did you get the shim stock?" "Oh, I just cut a section out of an aluminum beer can."

Second guy is all flipped out that they didn't use official BMW high-performance shim stock; that he's got recycled trash on his bike. First guy was really proud of his solution: it's thin, flexible, it won't rust, and it's free... it's the perfect shim stock!

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If all you plan on doing with the shim stock is setting up a dovetail jointer I wouldnt bother with expensive shim stock. You can buy a cheap automotive feeler gauge from harbor freight or walmart for $3 and have plenty of stock in all sizes to do a single jointer.

Don

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