How do I go about prepping wood for edge joing boards...

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Topic by MK19 posted 05-18-2010 03:24 AM 4066 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-18-2010 03:24 AM

without a jointer? I have been looking at a few used 6” jointers, but is there a way I can accomplish this without one? This is my first attempt at joining boards to make a cabinet door, so any and all help is appreciated!


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05-18-2010 06:29 PM

Couple of ways that I’ve used
If you just need a finished straight edge, you can use a router with a spiral bit to edge joint a board. Clamp a straight edge to the board set so that the bit lines up with the edge of the board you want squared and run the router along the straigth edge. Make sure you’re not climb cutting and take light passes to avoid burning.

If you’re doing a panel, you could take the 2 boards that you are joining into the panel, lay them out in the way you want them joined, fold them over one another like closing a book and (after clamping together) run a hand plane along both the edges . This will give you mirror image edges that when you ‘open the book’, they will mate nicely for glue up and give you a flat panel.

-- Mike - Minimum code = Barely adequate.

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05-18-2010 11:57 PM

What Mike said. Other options: If you have a router table, a “split fence” with a straight or spiral bit: Stick a piece of think cardboard behind the outfeed side of the fence, align the bit with that side. I use a Festool saw on a rail, it has just a hair (like half a thousandth) of toe-in, with a sharp blade it gives a jointable edge.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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05-31-2010 04:52 AM

Here is a link you might find helpful.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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