The Easy Jointer

A whole new concept in jointing your tops and backs in preparation for glue up. This jig is so simple, safe and fast to use, you will wonder how you did without it!

This jig was created and used by Edward Victor Dick of Victor Guitar , and Director of The Colorado School of Lutherie. Edward has been using this jig for the last 10 years, and finds that it is much easier for his students to get their tops and backs jointed in less than 5 minutes with no fuss. When we tested this jig, we were amazed at how accurate and fast it is to use.

It's no secret that one of the most painful and crucial joints of the guitar/stringed instrument is the joint on the top or back plates of the instrument. Getting a great joint usually takes years of practice with a hand plane. This process usually takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour in the hands of an unexperienced builder. Now with this new jig, you can be sure to get a great joint in less than 5 minutes. There are many other uses for this jig, including jointing bookmatched head plates and wood used for rosettes.To see video of the jig in use, go HERE.


The Easy Jointer

MDF Easy Jointer

The Easy Jointer

We start with 1" thick MDF to make the base. We then add a fence that is 7" tall by 1" thick and a 1/4" thick plate glass and 120 grit commercial stick sandpaper. When placed together it makes a very effective large fence that the top/back rests against while jointing. We add some small star knobs on the ends to allow the fence to be lifted up so the plate glass can slide to get a fresh piece of sandpaper. We also include a handle at the top of the fence for easy carrying.

Dimensions: 27" L x 8" H x 5" W (Glass plate is 24" long by 3" wide)

Price: $74.00 (plus $15 shipping)

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How to Use This Product

Video Instructions (opens a flash video window)

See more video demo's at Kathy Matsushita's website at:

http://home.comcast.net/~kathymatsushita/amateurluthier/htmlpages/easyjointer.html

Instructions:

1. Remove the items from the box. 2 Screws, 1 fence, 1 base, 2 knobs, 2 washers, 1 Glass base with sandpaper installed.

Package Unwrapped

2. Insert the 2 screws into the bottom of the base. You may need to hammer them in using a block of wood to protect the base. Make sure the screws are flush with the bottom.

Screws Installed

Screws Flush

3. Place the glass plate on the base between the screws.

Glass Base Installed

 

4. Place the large fence on top of the screws. Place the washers on the top of the screws and then place the knob on the screws. Tighten very lightly. WARNING: Tightening the knobs too tight could cause the glass to break. Clamp the jig on the corner of a flat table or workbench(see video)

Knob Installed

5. Take both your pieces of wood(usually a top or back) and hold together as you place against the fence.

Sanding

6. Apply gentle downward pressure as you move the top/back forwards and backwards.

7. Hold the two pieces together against a bright light to inspect for gaps. If you see gaps in the middle, then apply some masking tape to the middle of the back of the glass base and repeat the sanding.

8. When no gaps are visible, you are now finished, and may join your top with your favorite joining method!

9. When jointing a top, and then jointing a back, the different species of wood are not good to mix. So loosen the knobs and lift the fence and slide the glass to get a fresh set of sandpaper.

Tips:

• Be sure that the jig is clamped securely to flat surface. To verify the flatness after clamping, place a straight edge on the glass to see if it contacts the sandpaper without gaps. If you see a gap this can be corrected by adding masking tape to the bottom of the glass in the area of the gap. For example, if there is a slight gap under the middle of the jig, then apply tape under the glass in the middle of the jig. If the gap is on the ends, then apply tape to the ends only.

•Try not to make too large of a stroke. Shorter strokes are more effective.

•Like any jig, slight adjustments will need to be made for your particular environment. This means that some benches are not flat, or tightening the knobs too much may distort the base, etc.

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