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Forum topic by silver1 posted 02-24-2012 04:15 PM 880 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2012 04:15 PM

Fairly new to woodworking. I am building a pair of cabinet bases with bookshelves on top of each. They will be positioned on each side of a fireplace. I have completed the carcass for each base and have made the tops of each base. The top is made from red oak. I have never attempt any type of jointery using biscuits until this project. I have a friend that works for Woodcraft that has tried for some time to get me to buy the Dominio from Festool. I just can not justify the cost for my woodworking hobby at this point in time, so I bought the Dewalt biscuit jointer. Anyway, I planed these oak boards down and used the biscuit jointer and somehow the top of the boards did not line up even the way I intended. I know now know what happened. What is the best way to smooth out the top? The boards are too big to be planed down with my planer. Should I sand them or use some other method. Thanks in advance for your help.

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 04:58 PM

Are you saying the joints of a panel aren’t even? How far off are they? If they are off just a little (say, less than 1/64”) sanding/planing/scraping might be an option. If they are off more than that consider sawing the panels apart at the seams and regluing….obviously this would only work if you have enough wood across the width to lose the amount of the saw kerfs.

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#2 posted 02-24-2012 05:26 PM

If you have some width to spare rip down the glue line. Than plane edges paying attention to the top side always against the fence. Re biscut and glue. Do not use alot of pressure on clamps. Biscuts are to help with line up i don’t use them much….you do not need them for strength

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