Hi all. I am posting a vote to upgrade the milling operations in the woodshop to upgrade our current milling equipment. The total cost for the proposed upgrade is $11,248.00. This includes a jointer, a planer, necessary accessories (see details below), plus some pad for cost overruns on dust collection and electric work. I have spoken with Jim Dallam, our treasurer, and he confirmed this would be within our budget For HIVE13 woodshop improvements.
We currently do not have a way to take rough lumber and make it smooth. This task is accomplished by a jointer – which flattens 1 face, then flattens, smooths, and squares 1 edge to that flat face – and a planer which flattens the second face and make it parallel to the first face as well as bringing the rough lumber down to desired thickness.
Our current jointer does not work. The reference faces, tables and fence are not straight, flat, or square. If the reference faces are not true, the jointer will not be able to flatten or square lumber. We have a planer available at Hive13 but it is not owned by us. The planer is on loan and can leave at any time. It is also somewhat lacking in capacity and power; it is very noisy; and most importantly it does not leave a great surface.
Both of these pieces of equipment are essential to a functioning woodshop. You can’t make straight, square, and flat furniture, boxes, shelves, etc. without straight lumber. Also, running lumber that is warped and lacking a straight edge through the table saw poses a significant safety issue by greatly increasing the possibility of kickback. Table saw kickback causes most serious accidents in woodshops.
The jointer is the piece of equipment that touches lumber the most. In addition to flattening and straightening wood, I use the jointer to remove machine marks left by the table saw after cutting the second edge. While the planer only touches one face of the lumber is a critical piece of equipment for a fully equipped truly useful woodshop.
We have a very nice miter saw, router table, handheld routers, and bandsaws and we have a stellar table saw. In order to have a truly useful, fully equipped and safe woodshop we must have milling equipment that is of the same quality and usefulness as our SawStop and surpasses the rest of our equipment.
- $3,199.0 Laguna JX|8 PRO 8” Jointer Laguna 12|16 Adjustable Premium Stand - Edward B. Mueller Co., Inc.
- $150 Laguna mobile base for jointer
- $5,499.00 Laguna PX|20 Planer 20” planer
Laguna - PX|20 ShearTec: II Planer - 5hp; 220v - Edward B. Mueller Co., Inc.
- $150 Laguna mobile base for planer
- $250.00 for dust collector modifications
- $1,500.00 for sub-panel wiring and running 2 new 220 circuits to the
woodshop. John Clark said that he’d be more comfortable having an
electrician do the wiring for the sub-panel.
- $500.00 for miscellaneous items and cost overruns
Both machines have helical cutterheads. The planer has 138 4-sided carbide inserts arranged in 6 rows. The jointer has 54 4-sided carbide inserts arranged in 6 rows. This type of cutterhead with the number and arrangement of cutter inserts will give excellent smooth results. Both machines have digital readouts to precisely control thickness.
Mueller Equipment does have the jointer in stock right now. They do not have the planer in stock, but it is in stock at the distributor in Texas so there will be about a week lead time from order to delivery. Mueller has the both the JX|8 jointer and the PX|20 planer on the floor to look at and test.
The woodshop is probably the busiest discipline at the Hive and has the potential to attract many new members. This is especially true with milling equipment - jointer and planer - that is equal in quality to the SawStop table saw.
Thanks for reading and please vote yes to expand our capabilities and make our woodshop truly useful.
Doug Schmidt, Woodshop Warden