|Forum topic by JerryL||posted 12-28-2007 02:07 AM||6589 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
12-28-2007 02:07 AM
I’m working on a simple project that requires 4 or 5 cedar boards to be glued into a panel. Simple right? I bought some rough cedar (8/4×3’ cut to length) and now I’m trying to get jointed edges. My only issue is that I don’t have a jointer. If you’ve seen any of my projects you’ll see a lot of plywood and some dimensional work so this will literally be my first panel.
I’ve having all kinds of trouble getting the edges straight enough to be glued. Any advice you guys have would be welcome.
Attempt 1: I made an off center mortise jig for my new plunge router. I set it up to put one of the stops against the far edge of the board at the right distance and I slid it down the board. The edge was clean but it was difficult to keep the router positioned properly. The edge wasn’t straight.
Attempt 2: Jointing fence for the router table. Took a 3 foot length of oak and glued a piece of laminate to one side. Set the fence and ran the boards through. The edge was close to perfect but still not straight enough to glue up. I’m thinking that since the fence was shorter than the work piece that I’m destine to get cupped edges. I’m thinking this might be my best option – I just need a longer fence.
Attempt 3: I bought some of those board straighteners when I got my table saw. I got them set up (had to dado the “straight” edge side per the instructions. I clamped up the cedar but never ran it through the saw. It wouldn’t sit parallel to the saw top. Anyone want these?
Attempt 4: (This should have worked) I made some saw guides for my circular saw way back when. The saw rides on a flat piece of hardboard and there’s another piece glued to it to make an edge for the saw edge. I’ve got an 8’ one for ripping plywood. I put it against the rip fence and supported the ends with some roller stands. That way the work piece could ride along the edge through the whole cut, including the infeed and outfeed. I was positive this would work. The dry run seemed fine. The work piece had a bow to it so it touched the fence at each end. I set it and ran two boards on through the cut. The finished edges are still cupped just enough to get contact at each end but not in the middle. The blade is a Forest WWII.
If anyone is still with me after this long post I’d be grateful for any ideas.
-- Jerry L.