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Posted on Table saw jointer vs router table jointer

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#1 posted 10-01-2012 12:16 PM

I use both. The table saw jig is literally a long, widish board with a jointed or factory straight edge and a couple of toggle clamps. That’s it. It does an OK job and I use it for really long stuff I don’t feel like breaking down first. There is also a decent amout of wood wasted with this method.

My primary edge jointing is done with a router free hand. I use a 1” flush trim bit. I have one of those tool stands with MDF tops. It’s actually quite handy and I use it for a lot of things. I replaced one of the small MDF top sections with a large piece of MDF shelving from the BORG. Clamp the board down with a little of the edge overhanging, ride the bearing on the MDF flat edge and you are done. Take the board to your table saw and rip off he other edge. There is a lot less material loss this way.

The router table works too. but as you run out of fence on the long boards, you may start having issues. Also fence alignment needs to be dead on.

Face jointing I also do with a router. I tried it in my lunchbox planer as Mike suggested, but for me it’s quicker with a router sled and a bowl bit. If I had a better planer that wouldn’t trip if I took more than 1/128” at a time, it could be a better solution.


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