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05-18-2010 03:31 AM

without a jointer? I have been looking at a few used 6” jointers, but is there a way I can accomplish this without one? This is my first attempt at joining boards to make a cabinet door, so any and all help is appreciated!


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#1 posted 05-18-2010 03:39 AM

Sure, lots of ways. You can edge joint with a router table.
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#2 posted 05-18-2010 03:45 AM

If you have a hand plane you can achieve the same results (or maybe better) as with a jointer. And its a lot more fun making shavings with a hand plane than using a jointer.

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#3 posted 05-18-2010 03:50 AM

A joiner is a good investment but you can joint with out one . There are a number of you tube demos on how to joint on the router table.

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#4 posted 05-18-2010 03:56 AM

I’ve gotten good edges for joining off of a table saw.

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#5 posted 05-18-2010 07:05 AM

I have an old Powr-Kraft table saw that when I use a 12” blade, I have to use a 5/8 to 1” adaptor, as it has a 5/8 arbor- the result being some minor vibration for my cuts (see not incredibly straight). I guess I can go down to a 10” blade to resolve that until I sort out my arbor issues. Also, I found a guy with a small 4” Craftsman jointer for $40- going to look at it tomorrow. Here’s the CL ad:

The wood fence looks odd, but he replied that “The fence has been furred out with the piece of wood in the pictures. The fence tilts and locks into place.” Is this something to worry about, as I will mostly use this for edging pieces. Thanks again!!!

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#6 posted 05-18-2010 07:59 AM

that thing looks like it will cost more than 40 bucks to get it working good if i were u id just make a jig to join edges using my table saw theres plenty of articles on this all u have to do is google tablesaw joiner jig and u will get plenty of alternate methods using ur tablesaw


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#7 posted 05-18-2010 08:09 AM

I’ve been using my router table as a jointer with pretty good results. Here’s a helpful explanation of the process:

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#8 posted 05-18-2010 09:03 AM

Thanks Brandon, that router setup looks simple!!!

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#9 posted 05-18-2010 11:14 AM

simply the old fashion way , without killing electrons
do it with a jointerplane , it fast and reliable every time

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#10 posted 05-18-2010 01:22 PM

While I wish I had a jointer for flattening the faces of boards, I enjoy edge jointing by hand with a hand plane no 5 or 7. By the time you set up your router table for the right cut, I’ll already be done with squaring an edge by hand….as long as I already have one face flat first.

Plus, fold the two pieces that need to be glued together and edge joint them together, you don’t even really have to worry about it being totally square since the two edges will negate each other (think geometry: 180 degrees, if you have one angle that 89 degrees then the other one will be 91) so it will still be square when glued together.

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#11 posted 05-18-2010 03:22 PM

I use a simple sled that rides in my miter slot on my table saw. It’s fashioned after this one from Rockler:

I made mine from 3/4” plywood and some t-track. Works like a charm with a glue line rip blade. The only drawback is that it really only works with short pieces (less than 36”). Check out this tip for longer pieces:

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#12 posted 05-18-2010 03:49 PM

I’ll second Eric – handplane, joint both boards at the same time, so any error will be cancelled out in the 2nd mating edge. Although it’s not that hard to get those edges nice and square with some practice. otherwise – the router table is another good solution. or a following with a freehand router against a straight edge.

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#13 posted 05-18-2010 03:57 PM

Yeah getting two edges square isn’t difficult, but does take a little practice, so for a beginner doing two together might be easier. I’ve noticed my edges while jointing would tend to lean a little to the left, but if I guide the plane with my finger on the face of the board resting up against the sole of plane I get square edge easily.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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