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I inherited a 4" jointer from my Dad. It was sold by Canadian Tire, which is a Canadian chain store, and marketed under their house brand, Mastercraft. Pics attached.

I've noticed that the infeed/outfeed tables are not quite co-planer. Anyone know what the method is to adjust them? Raising/lowering them is pretty straightforward, but how to adjust otherwise? Shims? Or, is it as simple as pivoting the tables on the base?
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I picked up a very old Delta "arn" and took it completely apart, cleaned every piece...no alignment problems. The thing had grease and sawdust in every nook and cranny...like peanut butter in an English Muffin...maybe same for yours...?

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Thanks Nick, I might try that. My brother had it before me, and I "think" he took it apart and cleaned it, as well as putting new bearings in the cutter head.

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I have a 6" Reliant jointer, it isn't coplanar either. I was able to shove a thin section of shim, (step flashing) a short way up both rails on the outside part of the infeed table which maybe came close to cut the error down a little, better than it was.

I assumed they assembled the jointer then surfaced the 2 tables co planar.

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Google "setting jointer tables coplanar" Brian. It's on a different woodworking forum which we are not supposed to supply links to. Similar instructions may be on this one but I can't remember seeing them.

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I picked up a very old Delta "arn" and took it completely apart, cleaned every piece...no alignment problems. The thing had grease and sawdust in every nook and cranny...like peanut butter in an English Muffin...maybe same for yours...?

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That's the best place to start. If after it's cleaned up and reassembled it is still not coplaner then the shimming begins. It can be a long tedious task but once the outfeed table is adjusted, lock it and leave it.

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I inherited a 4" jointer from my Dad. It was sold by Canadian Tire, which is a Canadian chain store, and marketed under their house brand, Mastercraft. Pics attached.

I've noticed that the infeed/outfeed tables are not quite co-planer. Anyone know what the method is to adjust them? Raising/lowering them is pretty straightforward, but how to adjust otherwise? Shims? Or, is it as simple as pivoting the tables on the base?
it look's like it has 2 adjustments ? one for infeed and one for out feed , if that is correct, i belive that all that is needed is to lay a streight edge stand it up on the out feed bed and set the blade so it just toutches the streight edge , now this is the out feed side, now do that for the infeed side , run a piece of wood thro, it may not take much off so lower the infeed a little say 1/8" , or less see how this work's if their is snip on the board raise the out feed just a little a very little and see how this works good luck the out feed table has to be lower that the infeed table so that the wood taken off come on the outfeed table flat on

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Brian, this that I've pulled from the internet says it all.

How to Adjust a Jointer Table | eHow

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Thanks for the advice.
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I think it might be worth pointing out that if you use a knife setting gauge you might not be able to get everything lined up right. There is no guarantee that the knife head is coplanar to the out feed table so it is probably better to set knives using a hardwood block laid on the outfeed table. That way you can be sure that the edges of the knives line up with the outfeed table. You might have to raise the outfeed a thou or so after to get it right but the knives will stay coplanar still.

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