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Forum topic by Cato posted 08-30-2010 05:28 PM 1453 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-30-2010 05:28 PM

I milled some 5/4 ash yesterday for a workbench top.

I went to jointer for face plane and edge jointing, and then to table saw to trim opposing edge, and then to planer for dimensioning.

I still have a final finishing pass on the planer to bring the boards as close as I can to uniform thickness, but when I laid the boards out side by side I did not have a completely flush edge joint.

Do I go back to the table saw or the jointer to improve the edge fit??

Several of the boards did have some curve to the edges that I flattened on the jointer. I may not have gotten them completely flattened.

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#1 posted 08-30-2010 05:36 PM

first and foremost – congrats on starting on this project :)

if your 1st edge was completely straight, than any treatment you’d give the opposite edge would follow the same irregularities. I would start by making sure 1 edge is perfectly straight. if not – joint it straight.

the opposite edge could also have been affected by misaligned TS, or a blade that deflected, or just cant produce a glue line edge. depending on the thickness of material – you could try to use the planer to clean it out and parallel. or a hand plane :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 08-30-2010 06:43 PM

Assuming you’ve followed PurpLev’s post, how long between when you edge joined/ripped w/table saw and the time you laid them out to check? Overnight? Wood is constantly moving/adjusting to the changing temp/humidity of its surroundings.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 08-30-2010 07:20 PM

Sometimes when ripping an edge parallel it may be necessary to run a light clean up pass on the jointer depending on the blade used for ripping. Otherwise I agree with Purplev and rance in their posts.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#4 posted 08-30-2010 07:55 PM

Purp, yes I was thinking another pass on the jointer first, and then again a light trim as in kerf thickness on opposing side. Since I did not have the problem on the base when I milled some #2 fir, I think the saw alignment may be okay.

Rance- jointed and ripped yesterday and then laid out to check fit.

Greg- used a full kerf Freud rip blade that produces a nice edge.

thanks guys for the responses. See what happens this evening.

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#5 posted 08-30-2010 08:22 PM

Unless the joint is way off (a lot of space between the boards) you should be able to use the jointer to fix it. Even with a lot of space you could use the jointer, but it just takes longer than to use the TS to get close then the jointer to finish it.

I think part of the trick is to know what board is off. I like to take each board I am jointing and lay it on the table saw table or other flat surface on its edge to see which board is off and by how much.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 08-31-2010 03:08 AM

Wayne- yeah I am liking the idea of using the jointer for its ability to fix these issues.

Okay, so I fit all the boards this evening referencing off a flat face.

I marked the good fit edges and the ones that need a pass on the jointer.

Most boards fit pretty well, but there were a couple that definitely need another pass on the jointer, and a couple that were close but could use a light pass as well.

This is more about honing my skills in regards to jointer, planer, and producing nice seamless fits, rather than obsessing on what will be a work table top for glue ups and general shop carnage.

I will post a few pics of my progress.

Had a couple of beers so rule is no power tool work, so I just goofed around checking out my work and boo boo’s from yesterday.


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#7 posted 09-06-2010 04:20 AM

I always make a slight finish pass on the jointer after ripping just for a perfect glue edge joint.

-- rob, ont,canada

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