I have an older 6" Craftsman jointer. Its small, maybe 38" in bed length with a fixed outfeed table. I have replaced the knives as the ones on it were in bad shape from years of abuse. I got a magnetic Jointer Pal, knife setting tool to put in the knives. I believe I need to set the knives slightly higher than the outfeed table for a straight cut. Is this correct?
If so, I guess I need to shim the jointer pal slightly to get the knives set higher than the table. I was thinking of shimming with a playing card or a dollar bill to slightly raise the magnets over the knives above the level of the table. Does this sound like the right approach?
I am just a hobbyist and will one day upgrade to a better machine, but would like to be able to use this one for now. Any input would be really appreciated.