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Tool Species

A tool species is a logical grouping of tools based on similarity of function, use, and safety.

Asylum Tool Species Info
To use any of the tools listed on this page, you are required to complete the testing program described here. You should get training or equivalent experience at the Asylum or elsewhere before testing.
RubricJointer Rubric
TrainingRough to Smooth: Using the Miter Saw, Bandsaw, Jointer, & Planer
TestingTesting Calendar
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This document is an internal Artisan's Asylum training document and is provided "as is", to be used as a reference only. Use of this document for any purposes other than as reference material (i.e., for the purposes of training and testing users on tools or equipment by other commercial entities or individuals) is not advised. In no event shall the authors of this material, or Artisan's Asylum, Inc., be liable for any claim, damages, or other liability whether in action or contract, arising from, out of, or in connection with the use of the information in this document for training, testing, or on-going safe use of fabrication equipment. Please consult your own lawyers and subject matter experts if you are looking to develop your own safety curriculum for fabrication equipment operation. Tool operators are responsible for their own safety, including reading and understanding the owners manual for this equipment and all of the warnings it contains.


Personal Protective Equipment

  • Standard shop personal protective equipment (safety glasses, no long hair, no flowing clothes, etc.) are required
  • ABSOLUTELY NO gloves, rings, bracelets, or other items on your hands or fingers, as these may get sucked into the blade
  • An attached vacuum is required while using the jointer

Safe Operation

  • Check the infeed direction and outfeed direction for sufficient clearance for all stock before starting cuts
  • Always ensure that all locks (fence, tilt, infeed table, and outfeed table lock) are engaged before making any cuts
  • Set the infeed table to the desired cut (generally, less than 1/8”) by unlocking the infeed table lock, adjusting the table height using the adjustment knob, checking the cut against the table depth gauge, and locking the infeed table again
  • Set the fence depth by unlocking the fence lock, sliding the fence until the workpiece fits across the blade with 1⁄2” to 1” of clearance, and then locking the fence again
  • Set the fence tilt by unlocking the fence tilt lock, adjusting the fence until it reaches the desired bevel, and then locking the fence again
  • DO NOT adjust the outfeed table. Outfeed table adjustments are generally only done by Artisan’s Asylum staff
  • Always start pieces by resting them firmly against the infeed table and fence, pushing them through the blade and onto the outfeed table
  • Always guide workpieces through the jointer with push blocks, and never with bare hands
  • DO NOT attempt to clear the blade of loose pieces while the machine is running. Only clear the blade and table of loose pieces of material after the blade has come to a complete stop

Common Maintenance Operations

If chips are exiting the top of the machine, it means the dust chute is clogged. Turn off the jointer, unplug it and keep the plug in your sight. Unscrew the black plastic pyramidal fitting that connects the dust chute and hose, clearing the vacuum hose if necessary. Use a stick to clear chips from inside the machine. Do not reach inside, as the razor sharp knives are exposed under the cutterhead.

Allowable Materials

  • Only wood may be cut on the jointer Cut wood must comply with the following rules:
    • Must be solid wood lumber
    • No MDF / OSB / Plywood / particle board, etc.
    • No moldy or wet wood
    • No treated/painted/finished wood
    • All nails and staples removed
    • All hardwoods must be checked against a cutting/sanding chart for hazardous dust reactions

Pages in category "Jointers"

The following 2 pages are in this category, out of 2 total.


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