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Today, for the first time, I wished I had an eight inch joiner instead of a six. Several of the 4/4 rough poplar boards I had bought to build cabinet face frames were 6 inches or wider. :-(

I guess I will just have to get over it because I really don't have the room for an eight incher. Sure would be nice though.

To get around the 6 inch limitation, I jointed a smooth edge on the wide pieces, then ripped a 3 1/4 inch piece out of a couple and a two inch wide piece from another two pieces. One board was just a little wider than the cutter head so I used a hand plane to smooth it out.

Still, an 8 incher would be nice. Hey, a guy can dream, can't he? :-)
Oh well. Onward and upward.
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I've wished for an 8" one for many years Mike but now I don't have need for it.............................I only make small projects so a 6" jointer is adequate.

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I completely understand, as I have a 6" jointer, and seems like most of the rough stock is 6.5" or wider. While I try not to have too much waste, it does sometime generate more. The limiting factor for me is power. Right now it isn't feasible for me to have 220V in the shop, which nearly all new 8" jointers require.

I do have plans to upgrade the service to the house and run a subpanel out to the shop. For now, there are other priorities ahead, and I can do most everything I need with either the 6" jointer or hand planes.

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I've had an 8" for about 15 years and I wouldn't want to go back to a 6" or a short bed one. The extra 2" doesn't put limits on what I can do. Some of my projects are fairly large and that is partly just because I can.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Hi Mike I have had the same problem but with 10 inch jointer/ thicknesser so I took the plunge on Saturday and bought a 12inch jet combination jointer / thicknesser. regards carl

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I have some regreat too. When I ordered my six in Grizzly jointer a couple of years ago, I saw that the eight inch machine ran on 220 V. I didn't have 220 in my shop at the time. I ordered my 17" band saw from Grizzly at the same time. It would run on 110 or 220 either one. After the machines were delivered my neighbor friend who is an electrician told me that I should run the saw and 220 and in no time flat he he me wired for 220. If I had know that he could do that so easy I would haver purchased the eight inch machine. While I'm getting along pretty well with the 6" machine, I do regreat that I had not gotten the 8" now that I have the 220 Voltage in the shop. Maybe I culd sell the jointer and buy a the bigger one, but it's really not practical, just one of those things.

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I hear ya, Jerry. I am in the same boat as you were. I don't have any room in the breaker panel to run new power for 220V.

And, since I bought the helical cutter for my joiner, I feel I am stuck with it. :-(
No complaint here on performance. It works great.

I'll just have to practice the work around techniques.

The good thing is I have all the material ripped and cut to final lengths for the face frames (9 cabinets). Time the set up the pocket hole machine and get after it.
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I have a friend who recently fitted a helical drum on his 8" jointer and it is so much quieter than a conventional one and the finish is superb, but the price!!

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I may be jumping into this thread inappropriately and maybe I should start a new thread but here goes...

Basic assumption...? A jointer is for jointing and a planer is for sizing...?

But being a resourceful type, I can certainly see where a my 6 in jointer could be used for sizing down a piece. And equally resourceful, would I be able to size down a 8 in piece by doing half at a time on my 6 incher...? don't correct me on the math...you know what I mean

So much to learn, so little time...

Thanks in advance, Nick...

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I may be jumping into this thread inappropriately and maybe I should start a new thread but here goes...

Basic assumption...? A jointer is for jointing and a planer is for sizing...?

But being a resourceful type, I can certainly see where a my 6 in jointer could be used for sizing down a piece. And equally resourceful, would I be able to size down a 8 in piece by doing half at a time on my 6 incher...? don't correct me on the math...you know what I mean

So much to learn, so little time...

Thanks in advance, Nick...

Posts to your question is going to be interesting, but mechanically speaking I don't think see how it would work. I really would like to be proven wrong and told how to do what you are asking about.

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