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04-10-2012 10:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer joining glue ups

Hey guys does anyone have a good method of straightening and squaring edges for joining. I don’t have a jointer but need to do some glue ups. The projects I have done, I make the best with what I have by sanding and finding the boards that fit together best. Any ideas are very appreciated.

-- The College Woodworker

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#1 posted 04-10-2012 10:52 PM

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#2 posted 04-10-2012 10:58 PM

I have a tiny shop and no room for a jointer either. I’ve had good luck, flattening boards using an MDF sled with shims hot glued underneath to keep the boards reasonably flat and then running them through my portable planer. As far as jointing the edges I’ve had success using a router table setup like a jointer with the right side (infeed) fence set just below the left hand fence (outfeed). Before I had my router table I used to clamp a straight edge to the board and then just run my router across the side so that I was just taking off just enough to get a nice clean edge. Both methods work well but benefit from a few passes of my hand planer to spring the joints a bit. Good Luck

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#3 posted 04-10-2012 11:27 PM

Just go out and find one of these:

No wiring to do, noise level is LOW, For the price of a new Jointer, one could be about, oh four or five of these. Stanley bailey #8c is in the front, with it’s older relative the Stanley liberty Bell #129. After you buy one of these, go look up Roy Underhill/ Chris Schwarz little episode on The wood Wright’s shop, on

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#4 posted 04-10-2012 11:48 PM

Use a router and a straight edge unless you want to invest
a lot of energy in learning how to do it with hand planes.

You can build a narrow, long router table which emulates
the geometry of a jointer as well. There’s a thing you
have to do with a split fence to make it work right.

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#5 posted 04-11-2012 12:00 AM

yep hand plane or table saw use a sled on the T.S. then use the hand plane to slight a cup in the center of the board, take cuts that does not bind the blade such as 1/2 the blade width or dusting is what I call it or U can just use a jointer plane or a#6,5 they will work depending on the lenght of the board just have some fun is the main thing and be safe

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#6 posted 04-11-2012 12:06 AM

So one question is WHY no jointer? Cost? (they are not cheap)
Space? Yep, they take space.
Dust? Yep, they make dust and require collection. If you have allergies…

So let’s say you like the hand plane idea…
A good plane can cost upwards of $300. A nice Lie Neilsen #7 will run about $450.
They require a fair amount of skill.
They require an investment in sharpening tools and more skill.
But they don’t make dust or take much space.

So pay your money and take your choice!

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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#7 posted 04-11-2012 01:17 AM

craftsman makes a jigset that you attach to a straight board, they are hard to find and the salespeople won’t know they have them. but they’re worth the 20 bucks or whatever.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#8 posted 04-11-2012 01:27 AM

Thanks guys for the replies, I think the straight edge and router is going to be the way to go for me. Ill end up getting a grizzly jointer sometime but my moneytree is withered. Thanks again.

-- The College Woodworker

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