A wood processor outfeed table pipe can become stressed and need repairs. This article covers how to inspect and repair the line. You will also learn how to prevent the wood from being driven into the end of the outfeed table. You can also perform a stress test on the pipe and re-shim it if necessary.
Test for stress in wood processor outfeed table pipe
A jointer is a tool used to fix uneven edges in wood. It is designed to raise the cut edge of the board, so it will progressively rise off the cutter head. But the outfeed table pipe is only a third of an inch higher than the cutter head. Therefore, the cut edge of the board will hardly skim the border and result in a belly.
Repair a convex surface on an outfeed table
There are several ways to repair the convex surface of an outfeed table pipe. The first and most obvious method is to install sharp knives. Alternatively, you can use a magnetic jig to install sharp knives. The next step is to measure the alignment of the table. This is more difficult than it sounds, so it is best to test cut two boards and adjust the ways on both tables.
Before fixing a convex surface on an outfeed table pipe, you should check the alignment of the table. Unplug the jointer, remove the cutter head guard, and lay a level across the table. If the table is too high or sagging, you may have to tighten the gib screws to lower it.
Shim outfeed table pipe
The outfeed table pulls out on full-extension drawer slides, providing nearly four feet of “helping hand.” It is adjustable to accommodate both long and short stock. It is equipped with a ball-bearing roller to guide stock. It has a two-way jointing system, so you can extend it for long stock and retract it for short supply.
Before using the outfeed table:
- Ensure it’s set to the proper height for your knives and cutterhead.
- Start by laying a stick on the outfeed table and lining it up with any markings.
- Rotate the shaft over each blade to ensure it is positioned correctly.
Once you’ve adjusted, the shim is installed. If you need to raise or lower the roller, you can adjust the thickness of the shim. You can also change the height of the roller by adjusting the shim thickness. You can also use a long level to measure the distance between the planer’s bed and the outfeed table’s surface. After shim assembly, apply four coats of satin aerosol lacquer.
Preventing wood from being driven into the end of an outfeed table
Preventing wood from being driven into the pipe end is essential for outfeed table construction. It can be done with a few simple steps. First, you must create a miter slot on the outfeed table pipe. Second, you need to secure the legs in place. Inserting two clamps into the legs will secure them in place.
A shop-built downdraft table can serve as an outfeed table and a shop-wide air filter. A timer on the side of the table will run the blower after woodworking operations are complete. Another great feature of this type of table is that it maximizes space in a shop.