A Poor Man’s Guide to Leveling Jointer Tables

Be sure the tables need to be leveled…

I was having trouble getting my jointer to cut a straight edge, the center would be cupped in towards the middle, causing gaps between boards. No matter what I tried I could not get a perfectly straight edge. It turned out this was due to the outfeed table not being parallel to the infeed table. Before adjusting your own equipment make sure that the problem is not technique. That said… Here are the steps I took to level the tables on my own jointer.
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New (To Me) Powermatic 60 8″ Jointer

I’ve been looking for a larger jointer for some time now. Craigslist always seems to have a pandora’s box of old and new craftsman 4″ and 6″ models, but what I was really looking for was some high quality, American made, cast iron. 2 weeks ago I finally found what I was looking for… a Powermatic Model 60 8″ jointer with a 64″ bed. The guy selling it was from Chicago, but willing to drive it up to Madison to deliver it. Overall the machine is in good condition; the tables are flat and nearly co-planar, no major rust, and it came with 2 sets of carbide blades, freshly sharpened. Continue reading