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I have acquired an older craftsman jointer(model 113.206931, serial #3251.P0008).
I can not get the infeed table to line up with the outfeed table. I have the manual for it and the adjustments seem pretty straightforward. Am I missing any tricks to get them to line up, or is it worn out and should be scrapped?
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Hi Gary, on the jointer, the infeed table has to be slightly below the outfeed table, not level [by the amount you want to take off].

The blades have to be level with the outfeed table.

If you have the manual, this should be explained.

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Gary, I'm guessing that you mean that the tables are not co-planer. Does you manual talk about gib adjustments?
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hey gary, over the last 38 years of wood working have found that the jointer planer is one of the most finger eaters you can use. be safe my friend!!!! later bowdean.
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Gary,
If you are referring to the infeed table and the outfeed table not being parallel when the infeed table is raised...Refer to the manual Pages 14 thru 16. I have the same Jointer and it is a very good jointer.
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I think that all of the right questions have been asked, but I'm still not clear from your questions what you mean for sure about not being able to get the table in line. As James said the infeed table top top needs to be parallel with out feed table but not on the same level as the difference in height dictates the depth of cut. However, if you are referring to alignment in regard to both of the table being square with the fence, well, that's another matter. I had a PC table jointer that was not set up as far as the tables both being square with fence, I had to take the in feed table off and shim it into square.

Can you elaborate a little more on what you are referring to as far your problem is concerned.

What James said about the out feed table being common with the top of the blades is the secret of not getting any snipe. I you do get some snipe, you need to adjust the height of the out feed table. This is a very critical adjustment, but well worth the time it takes to tweak it into position and once st you should not have to mess with it again unless to check it when you change blades.

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I'll see if I can explain it better.
The infeed is not parallel to the outfeed table. I know that the infeed needs to be lower than the outfeed to make the cut. There are four adjusting nuts underneath the infeed table when I use a straightedge and feeler gauage to get them parallel to the outfeed table table and adjust to make the cut the tables are no longer parallel.
Thank you for the prompt replies. I am open to any more suggestions anyone may have
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I'll see if I can explain it better.
The infeed is not parallel to the outfeed table. I know that the infeed needs to be lower than the outfeed to make the cut. There are four adjusting nuts underneath the infeed table when I use a straightedge and feeler gauage to get them parallel to the outfeed table table and adjust to make the cut the tables are no longer parallel.
Thank you for the prompt replies. I am open to any more suggestions anyone may have
Gary,
It sounds like you probably are more mechanical savvy than I am, I got into this thread because of the experience I have had with both the PC bench jointr and my newer Grizzly 6" jointer.

Apparently the mechanisem that adjusts the in feed table does not stay in place onece you level the table and lock the adjustment screws, would that be correct? If so can you set the in feed table a little out of alignment so that when the screws are tightened the in feed tables ends up in proper alignment. Maybe the tightening of the screws are pulling the table further than it should be. Are we onto anything or not?

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Gary; is something badly worn? It sounds,from your description that you adjust for parallelism, but it immediately goes out of alignment when you drop the infeed for depth. Is that a reasonable interpretation of the issue?
What's the general condition of the whole machine? I'd be worried that it's been dropped, or otherwise warped.
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Let me punctuate that for English...
It worked before. Now it doesn't. What's changed?
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