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#1 posted 11-10-2014 07:01 PM

Technique. That issue is common if not paying attention to proper jointing technique and staying in practice. A couple of things that can help.

  • If planing an edge to get a glue joint, plane both pieces at the same time. Lay the two boards out as you want to to glue them up, then “fold” them together so that the faces that will be the same surface are touching. Then plane the edges. Any twist or other slight imperfection will be cancelled out by the opposite edge having a an inverse profile.
  • Clamp another sacrificial board alongside to help support the plane as you edge joint.
  • Consider adding/making a jointer fence. These can be made out of scrap wood and some magnets and are helpful for keeping the plane square.

I use the edge match planing anytime I am doing glue ups. If doing a single board, I have to check frequently that everything is staying square or can end up with the same issues you are describing.

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