|Forum topic by KnickKnack||posted 05-17-2011 04:22 PM||6488 views||1 time favorited||11 replies|
05-17-2011 04:22 PM
IMPORTANT – please see safety notes by contributors belowI have recently been finding the joy that comes from pieces of wood that are perfectly straight, flat, parallel and at 90° angles. Jointer/planers, can, of course, do this for you, if you have one.
I’ve seen the videos of how to use your router as a jointer – basically you configure your infeed/outfeed fences parallel but slightly offset, and you use the router cutter like the blades of a jointer.
I could have tried to make that, but it seemed to me there were a number of potential problems/drawbacks with that approach…
So I’ve come up with another method – I daresay I’m not the first to think of this, but I don’t recall reading about it anywhere before, so I thought I’d share it, in case this method proves useful to someone else.
The basic setup is shown here (note – the fence on the right isn’t used, but I forgot to remove it for the pictures, sorry)...
The key is to setup your fence on the other side of the wood.
Using this method, you can joint/thickness wood twice the size of your router cutter blade – simply flip the wood over onto its other face and run it through again.
Flip the wood around, and you are not only jointing, but thicknessing the other edge too, after a couple of passes we’re getting there…
Until, finally you have 2 perfectly jointed, thicknessed edges…
The smallest movement of the fence allows you get to “sneak up on” a very precise thickness – i use this technique to make my splines exactly the right size.
You can also use it to joint/thickness the end grain in exactly the same manner…
Apologies if everyone already knew this – but I didn’t so I figured some other novices might not know either.
Thoughts, comments, safety warnings etc – all welcome.
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