John's homemade jointer

John writes:

Hi Matthias,
Really enjoy your site!  Great projects and even better ideas and methods. I have been an engineer for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center for 37 years and have taught some adult education woodworking classes, specializing in Queen Anne style cherry furniture.  I ordered your plans a couple of months ago for your 13" jointer and found them incredibly complete and full of super detail.  I used them as the basis for the jointer that I built.  I've attached several photos showing what I came up with.  6' long bed, 4' long fence, full dust collection, single point retractable casters, and a MDF enclosed base.  I used 3 sets of parallel links 1.5" thick (using all of your critical dimensions!), sandwiched the 1.5" thick BB P/W tables between 1x1x0.125 steel angles with an abundance of 1/4-20 screws (tapped the angle to accept the screws).  Saw other pictures of jointers on the internet using your plans and tried to draw great ideas from other builders as I went. 2 hp 3450 rpm induction motor with a pulley set that yields a cutterhead speed of nearly 10,000 rpm.  It cuts great and is laser true.

Thanks for the great plans and keep the great ideas coming!  Keep safe from the virus!

John Jones, Titusville FL

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