How to Use a Jointer for Woodworking

Learn how to use a jointer in this Howcast woodworking video featuring Makeville Studio.

Step 1 What is a jointer? Understand what a jointer is: a machine for leveling off pieces of rough wood.

Step 2 Locate the high corners Determine the high corners of the planks and mark them–these are the points where you will apply the most pressure to level them out.

Step 3 Checking the height difference Before cutting, make sure the difference between the two table heights is where you want it. Also, the fence should be at 90 degrees. Lock all adjustments in place. Repeat the same process with the edges and use an engineer’s square to ensure levelness.