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JesseTutt

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#1 posted 03-01-2013 02:12 PM

The width of a jointer limits how wide of a board you can face joint. Face jointing is necessary to remove any cup or twist or to smooth the face of a board. There are various ways you can “joint” a board wider than the width of your jointer, but I have each method lacking in precision or time consuming and never as precise.

Alternatively, you can rip wide boards to slightly less than the width of your jointer, joint a face flat and then edge glue the boards back together. Using this method when you edge glue the boards together you must keep one face of all of the boards flat. If one of the boards creeps up or down you may be back to the problem of needing to flatten a face wider than your jointer. This is the method I employ.

Now that you have one face of a wide board flat you can use a wider thickness planer make the other surface flat and parallel to the first with a thickness planer. This is why you want a thickness planer wider than your jointer.

I find that I am at the point in my woodworking journey that my 6” long bed jointer (Delta) is not wide enough. So I am starting to drool over the 10-12” jointers. If only I was rich!

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri


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