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Oldtool

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643 days ago

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Having a need to edge joint manu boards for my current project, which I always did by hand in the past, I wanted a quick and easy way to keep this project moving. (Actually, it was the wife who this project is for & she said she hasn’t seen much progress lately) So, I decided to try this following method:
Clamp a 4 ft or 6 ft metal straightedge to my bench and use a straight router bit with a bearing typically used for following a pattern. After I stared this process, I noticed that the space between the cutter and the bearing required an additional height adjustment, so I used two wooden yard sticks clamped between the board and the metal straightedge. This worked out quite well, was very quick – to set up and to swap boards, and best of all, was dirt cheep as I had all I needed to do the job. The included photos with this Forum show;
The initial set up, the bearing position on the metal straightedge, and the finished joint.
Thanks for reviewing, I hope it helps some of you out there in woodworking land.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln


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cutworm

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#1 posted 643 days ago

Thanks for the post. Looks good.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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patron

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#2 posted 643 days ago

in the boatyards i worked in
i never did see a jointer

we had a straight board
with formica edges
and just clamped it under the wood
to be straightened
with a trim bit

mostly for cabinets
as boats don’t have to many straight and square
pieces in them

good tip

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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MonteCristo

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#3 posted 643 days ago

Slick trick for anyone without a power jointer !

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Oldtool

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#4 posted 643 days ago

Monte – no power jointer, that’s me.
Sounds the same as your Formica board procedure patron. I’ve been hand jointing boards for the last 9 years with much frustration trying to keep the Stanley no. 7 square. Wonder why this didn’t occur to me before. So simple and easy.
Hope you guys get some benefit from this post.
Thanks.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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MattHartzell

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#5 posted 643 days ago

I do essentially the same thing, only I use a top bearing bit and clamp the straight edge to the top. I have also just used the edge and the edge of the router base.

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