Jointing long boards

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Forum topic by 8iowa posted 12-27-2009 05:48 PM 1621 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2009 05:48 PM

This past Summer, a shelving project for a long walk-in closet required boards 98 1/2” x 14”. In order to accomplish this I had to joint and glue several long boards. One would think that it would be necessary to do this jointing on an 8” or larger jointer. However, not all of us have the space (or budget) for such a large and heavy machine.

My solution was to place Rockler’s heavy duty roller stand about 4 feet outward from the outfeed table and another roller stand about the same distance from the infeed. The key to success is the 50” Veritas aluminum straight edge. Keeping it simple, I use a slip of paper as a feeler gauge to get the roller stands level with the infeed and outfeed tables. Surprisingly, this proceedure is not at all difficult or time consuming. While this method would not be satisfactory for a production shop, those of us who have smaller jointers can certainly joint long boards successfully.



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#1 posted 12-27-2009 08:28 PM

Bottom line is it works for you and theres nothing wrong with rigging up roller stands such as you did to provide a longer in/out feed for your jointing operation. Another possibility would be to use your Router table as a jointer would render the same results if you happen to have ample working space.

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#2 posted 12-27-2009 08:36 PM

How did you joint the faces?

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#3 posted 12-27-2009 10:33 PM


I have a 12” x 4” planer which I use to plane two boards to thickness before jointing and gluing. Almost all of my wood is rough sawn white pine, cut into boards by a friend with a WoodMizer. I first lay a board flat on my workbench and inspect it with winding sticks and straight edge. Then I use a #5 hand plane to knock off any high spots and to correct any twist. This method works very well and doesn’t take a lot of time. I don’t have to hand plane the entire surface, just enough to prepare it for the planer. Gives me a little upper body exercise too.

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#4 posted 01-01-2010 12:02 AM

Great idea. I’m going to have to remember that one as I’ve got pretty much the same setup as you.(just 40 or so years older)

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