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Posted on making cabinet doors without jointer/planer?

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 08-22-2007 09:36 PM

Of course, you could hand plane the boards or ask someone to plane them for you or buy S2S. You can fix the router in a table and joint the boards or use a jointer hand plane. They made cabinet doors long before any of those machines were devised. You have a great advantage with the table saw and router. A #7 or #8 plane tuned up will give you all the jointing capacity you want. It’s just not fast. If you cover a piece of particle board with laminate(formica) on all its sides( that includes the edges) you will have an absolutely stable piece of material. It is water impervious. If all you need is function this will make cabinet doors. Wood veneer will not hold up as well but will look better. When I make slab doors I edge glue the boards and clamp them with cauls to keep them flat. Then trim them with the table saw. A Freud Glueline Rip blade in your table saw will eliminate much of the need to joint. At least it will eliminate some of it.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon


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