Getting the Most from Your Jointer & Planer

with Roland Johnson


Learn how to turn rough wood into four-square lumber


Master the Jointer & Planer

Before you begin to make furniture, you need boards that are straight and square on all sides—in other words, four-square lumber. The jointer and the planer are an indispensable pair of tools for this job. In this course, power-tool expert Roland Johnson explains the principles of how each tool works and how to get the best results when using them. He discusses cutterhead technologies and possible upgrades, along with a foolproof technique to accurately set straight blades on these machines. Johnson demonstrates how to precisely align the infeed and outfeed tables to the cutterhead and how to accurately adjust the jointer fence to 90°, or to any other angle. He also shows how to identify the different types of warp that might be found in rough-sawn lumber and how to eliminate them using the jointer and planer.

What You Will Learn 

Learn everything you need to get accurately dimensioned lumber:

  • Learn how to choose the right machines and work safely
  • Get a look under the hood of these complex machines
  • Receive an overview of cutterhead technologies and upgrades to consider
  • Learn foolproof tips to accurately set straight blades
  • See how to precisely align the infeed and outfeed tables
  • Learn how to adjust the jointer fence

Getting the Most

from Your Jointer & Planer

 What's Included 

  • Access to all course materials for Getting the Most from Your Jointer & Planer for 12 months

The Roland Johnson

Deluxe Bundle


What's Included 

  • Access to all four of Johnson's classes for 12 months - Getting the Most from Your Jointer & Planer as well as Bandsaw, Tablesaw, and Router 
  • Digital downloads for three of the courses
  • Plans and instructions for jigs and accessories related to the machines

Course Details


Chapter 1

Understanding jointers and planers

Chapter 2

Setup and maintenance

Chapter 3

Milling lumber



Roland Johnson

Roland Johnson has been a contributing editor to Fine Woodworking since 2002. He became interested in woodworking in high school and has been involved in the business since 1976, when he started refinishing furniture, building furniture, and repairing and building all kinds of other stuff. Rollie is a self-confessed “gear head,” and not just around woodworking machinery and tools. He is an enthusiastic hot-rodder who likes to restore old cars and has been doing it for as long as he can remember. His extensive knowledge of woodworking and machinery make Rollie one of the go-to tool experts for Fine Woodworking