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Long Board Jointing - Charles Neil Jig

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Project by Milo posted 04-21-2012 12:00 AM 3136 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Gang,

I’ve got a Pie Safe project going, but one of the problems I encountered was the antique barn pine I was using. I was having trouble jointing the long boards on my 6” jointer. I wanted to start with long boards to work with, rather than starting by cutting down the boards. But what to do?

I made a jig I saw on Charles Neil’s 1st YouTube video on, what else, building a pie safe.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJkp0GFeMKg&feature=relmfu

This things worked GREAT. Took me about an hour and a half to make the jig and joint 8 long boards. That’s MDF with the holes in it, and the white guide board up again the pine in picture 4. The base the MDF is screwed into was an old piece of finished edging I had laying around. Routed a 3/4” dado slot for the MDF to sit in.

Simple, simple, but works oh so nice. I have a BUNCH of those boards left from the barn they came from, so I was thrilled to find this jig. I hope to get some non-kilned cherry wood soon, fresh cut, and I hope this jig will help with that wood too. The stack of boards in picture 5 all now have nice, long, straight sides now.

Picture 6 is when I jointed the… hey, wait… that’s my other hobby! ;)

Try this jig, and watch the video on how to use it. You won’t be sorry!

Milo

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...





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Dusty56

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#1 posted 04-21-2012 01:41 PM

Nice fence . Thanks for the link , Milo.
To save other folks some time , the fence portion of the video link starts at 21 minutes into the video : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 04-21-2012 01:43 PM

Kool, and thnx for the link

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#3 posted 04-21-2012 03:47 PM

I’ve used a similar jig for years. I don’t own a jointer because they are a waste time and space. This is a very efficient way to straighten one edge of a board of any length (if your guide is long enough) or cut a taper. Instead of screwing the guide to the cut piece, I run a screw with a very sharp point through the far end of the guide at an angle (about 45 degrees) towards the board to “catch” the end of the board securely. The close end has a screw protruding about 1/8”, again with a very sharp point, that I press into the board in a waste area. For anything over 8’ it is better to screw into waste as shown.
Dan
P.S. I like that black jointer you can ride around on. It’s a much better use of the money, though I don’t own one.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com

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#4 posted 04-21-2012 06:34 PM

thanks Milo,i dont have a jointer either and this will help and Charle Neil is a master .i see and study all his stuff try to. been useing one a jig but this is far better.if it will joint out and straighten a board to look like pic #6 i want a dozen of em very nice BMW. thanks for the link want to see the pie safe when you get thur with it

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#5 posted 04-21-2012 06:39 PM

Another super Charles Neil technique.Thanks for sharing this Milo

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Milo

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#6 posted 04-21-2012 08:53 PM

Dusty, thank you for the time stamp, that is terrific information I should have thought of myself.

Well done!

btw, that luggage rack on the back is another project I need to post! ;)

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#7 posted 04-22-2012 05:31 AM

Milo,
Thanks, for your timely post.

I don’t have an adequate jointer so instead I have been using my router table with a straight bit and a piece of formica taped to the outfeed fence. This approach has given me only poor to middling results, with the same problem Charles Neil describes with long boards. You need a point-to-point straight line reference for long boards, even if you own one of those 500-pound monster jointers.

I’m going to give Charles Neil’s jig a try, thanks to your useful advice.
Good luck on your pie safe.
juanabee

-- "Life's nonsense pierces us with strange relation." Wallace Stevens

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#8 posted 04-22-2012 03:22 PM

I use a similar technique by fastening the straightedge directly to the workpiece with either brad or finish nailers, depending on the thickness of the workpiece of course , and then running it along my 43” fence. I’ve had great results on up to 7 ’ pieces so far, without the jig in this video. I see where this jig and the extra length would benefit the longer and heavier stock though : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 04-22-2012 06:57 PM

Juanabe,

I tried a route first too, and was INFINITLY more please with this jig.

Dusty, I made the jig 5 feet long.

Milo

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#10 posted 04-22-2012 07:07 PM

I’d figure out the trouble with your 6 inch jointer. Straightening boards is what their job is. And they do it so much faster!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#11 posted 04-25-2012 07:43 PM

Milo,
I have seen a lot of fairings, but I have never seen one like that. Very batmanish.

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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Milo

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#12 posted 04-25-2012 10:39 PM

Miles – yes, but when your talking about an 8 to 10 foot board, on edge, it gets dicey!! This is MUCH easier. I’ll save the jointer for my smaller stuff.

Jeff, the PO may have thought he was Batman… ;). It’s a Vetter.

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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