Shop Safety Project: Jointer Shelf

For me, the most dangerous tool in my shop is my jointer.   I have an 8″ Grizzly G0593 with spiral head.   I have always been concerned about pushing boards through the jointer with my hands on the board.   I have read of boards that explode and your hand goes into the cutter head.  NOT GOOD !!

I have various push blocks but they were always in the wrong place.  No where to put them between cuts etc.

I was very excited when Gripper came out with their jointer push blocks.  Excellent design !!  I purchased two, but they suffered from the same problem.  Where do you set these between cuts ?

So last week I had an afternoon between tasks finishing my DIY room build out and finally built my “Jointer Shelf” that had been rattling around in my brain for a year.

Here it is.   It is a simple project, but I always enjoy building nice fixtures and stuff for my shop.  Each one of them makes the shop a little easier to use and a little safer.

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As a side note, This is the 34th Shop Project here:

Below are the build pictures.  It was a simple project, but you might see some technique that would interest you.

Build images with comments. – Click for slide show.

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  1. says

    Do you have any problems with the blocks dancing off the shelf?
    I looked over the previous 33 and I see that you put on a face vise in 2012. How is that working out for you so far?

    • Bartee says

      Hey Ralph,

      So you hit the exact problem I needed to solve. The shelf is attached to the out feed table which is independent of the jointer. So I get no vibration and no walking of push blocks.

      The 2012 Vise Upgrade really did not do so well. This was the original vise I purchased about 10 years ago. I just had two 7″ blocks of wood on the vise faces. I was trying to get more surface to hold boxes, but in the end it really did not work. This problem will be completely solved with Workbench TWO. I have two beautiful Horvarter Vises to install on that bench. A face vise and a tail vise

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