If you're looking for the best benchtop jointer when comparing quality, features and affordability, you have two here from which to choose. The wood jointer machines offered here, our upgraded 8-inch jointer and upgraded 6-inch jointer, are both designed to appeal to the budget-minded woodworker who still requires a fully capable benchtop jointer.
Each of the two woodwork jointer machines offered here have powerful 120-volt, 10-amp motors and feature strong, durable cast iron tables. They have spiral style cutterheads with 16 sharp carbide four-sided inserts on the 8” model and 12 carbide inserts on the 6” model. These provide unparalleled sharpness and a lower noise volume than the straight knife cutterhead provides. The long, extended fence on both allows for a 90° to 135° tilt. You'll also find a 2-1/2” dust port included, with a 4” adapter included with the 8” model.
Frequently Asked Questions About Jointers
What Does a Jointer Do?
A jointer can flatten board faces and both straightens and squares edges. It’s used to turn warped, bowed and twisted boards into flat boards. This is the first step in finishing rough lumber, usually followed by planing. When working with lumber that was surfaced to its final thickness by the manufacturer, a jointer is used to finish the board.
How Does a Jointer Work?
A jointer has three main parts: an infeed table, a cutting head and an outfeed table. The infeed and outfeed tables are aligned parallel to the cutting head, and both the outfeed table and cutting head are set to the same height. The height difference between the infeed and outfeed table determines how much wood is trimmed off. A fence keeps the board in place as it passes by the cutting head. Once the wood passes the head, it’s supported by the outfeed table. The fence angle determines the final shape of the cut surface.
How Do I Sharpen the Blades on My Jointer?
Re-sharpening inserts on your jointer is not recommended unless you have the proper equipment and are an experienced tool maker.
How Do I Adjust My Jointer?
Either refer to your owner’s manual or refer to the online manuals on our website for instructions on how to make any necessary adjustments.
What is a benchtop jointer?
A benchtop jointer is different from a stand jointer in that it has no legs. Benchtop jointers are typically smaller and more portable, making them ideal for a home woodworking shop. Benchtop jointers can do the same things a stand jointer can do, including removing wood imperfections and shaping wood into the right dimensions for your project. You will also find that the power and accuracy of benchtop jointers are comparable to closed stand jointers.
What sizes do jointers come in?
The main consideration when shopping for a jointer is knife length. The length of your jointer knife will determine the size of wood you are able to work with, mainly the width. So when you see a 6-inch jointer, that means that jointer has a max working width of 6 inches.
The 6-inch jointer is typically the smallest size jointer you would want. Many woodworkers still find this size useful, and it is a great size for those smaller projects.
Eight-inch jointers are a great all-around option that can handle a bigger range of project sizes. They will have a longer bed and can handle those wider pieces of wood. Eight-inch jointers do tend to cost more as well as weigh more.
Do I need a jointer?
Yes! A jointer is a staple in woodshops for many reasons. Its ability to shape wood into the exact dimensions you need is just one reason you need a jointer. Another reason is that with a jointer, you can shape your wood faster and more efficiently. When you are working with a lot of pieces, you need accuracy and consistency, which is what you get with a quality jointer. You will find yourself using a jointer often once you invest.
The only exception is if you do not work with rough lumber. If you prefer pre-milled stocks, then you can live without a jointer, but keep in mind that you will always need pre-milled since you won't have all the tools you need to work with rough lumber.
Can I use a table saw instead of a jointer?
In short, yes. However, if you plan to use a table saw, this will require learning a new technique and creating the right setup. The main reason you would want to use a table saw over a jointer would be to cut through man-made materials, such as plywood, which can break down the blades of your jointer. However, because Wahuda creates our jointers with carbide tips, you will already have a tougher jointer than the standard options.
Can you run plywood through a jointer?
While you can, it is not recommended. Plywood and other man-made materials can chew up jointer blades. Since your Wahuda jointer uses carbide inserts, you can actually joint these materials with more ease than with a typical straight knife jointer. You most likely will rarely need to joint plywood, but in the case that you do, consider using a table saw instead.
What are the different jointer types?
Closed stand, open stand, benchtop and tabletop are the four main types of jointers. The stand jointers tend to take up more real estate in your woodshop because they have legs and are not intended to be moved around. Benchtop and tabletop jointers do not have legs and tend to be more portable.
Basic Safety Measures While Using a Benchtop Jointer
First and foremost, get well acquainted with your jointer. Before you begin using it, thoroughly read the user manual. At Wahuda Tools, we have user manuals for each of our products and everything you need to know is included in the manuals. Also, please note you should never adjust your jointer while it is running.
As you would with your other equipment, wear the right safety gear. Wear eye protection whenever using your jointer. Use earplugs or noise-canceling earbuds/headphones to protect your eardrums from damage. Whenever working with bare or raw wood, wear gloves to protect your hands. When pushing the last few feet of wood, use a push-block instead of your hands to prevent any injury. Finally, make sure you have your wood against the jointer fence. You should never "free-cut" wood on a jointer as that is not its purpose and you run the risk of injury when doing so.