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Forum topic by sprucegum posted 01-27-2013 02:08 PM 3697 views 17 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2013 02:08 PM

I am posting this because I see a lot of folks on a budget making do with what they have. In 1988 I had a pile of oak 5/4×5 and 6 and needed stair treads for my house. At that time my best power tool was a Rockwell 9” contractors saw so I made do. I would like to take credit for this idea but it is so simple I am sure others have thought of it.
1 straighten the boards to be glued on your table saw.
2 put the strait edge against the fence and rip them to a uniform width
3 use some scrap wood for cleats to join the edges to be glued. Do this from the back side of your project. I use 3/4” pine and 1 1/4” drywall screws, I have on occasion used hot glue in place of the screws.
4 Put the widest kerf blade you have on your saw and set the rip fence so the center of the blade will be centered on the crack between the boards to be glued and set the blade height just high enough to cut through them.
5. Run them through the saw and watch to see that the blade is taking some material off both boards. If both boards are not touched by the blade in a few spots just back out the screws push the boards together and do it again. As you can see by the pictures the result is a perfect joint. Although I now own a jointer I still use this method on stock that is too long to do on my jointer.

Not being a skilled computer operator some of the photos are out of order but I am sure you guys and gals are bright enough to frigger it out.

Ok I know I did not alternate the grain I was going for best face :)

-- A tube of calk and a gallon of paint will make a carpenter what he ain't

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#1 posted 01-27-2013 02:27 PM

Gonna have to file this one away for future reference!!!

I just hope my mind isn’t rusted shut…..
when I go to retrieve it!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 01-27-2013 02:32 PM

I’ve also done something very similar with a skil saw. The skil saw with a straight edge works well for pieces that are larger and thicker and to heavy for 1 man on the table saw.

Stuff like this shows with a little ingenuity you don’t need a shop full of equipment, although once you get the shop full of equipment, its hard to go back :-)

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#3 posted 01-27-2013 02:34 PM

Great idea. Sort of like how we fix a bad glue joint.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#4 posted 01-27-2013 02:44 PM

awesome idea! i will def keep this in my head in case i ever need it!

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#5 posted 01-27-2013 02:48 PM

I like the idea and also like the glue up cradle you have for your pipe clamps. Thanks….......This old dog still likes to learn a new trick now and then.

-- John @

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#6 posted 01-27-2013 02:51 PM

This is a great tip, one of the best and most practical I’ve seen. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 01-27-2013 02:54 PM

On my woodworking website, I have free plans to make a rip sled:

Same results, and simple to use.

Tabe saws are a large part of the conversation with my ezee-feed business. Many of the table saw injuries I hear about are due to the lack of a splitter or riving knife. Even to guys who have been doing it for thirty years! I added that last part because that’s the answer I usually hear when I mention it…I’ve been doing this for thirty years without a problem…that could and does change in a split second.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 01-27-2013 02:59 PM


Necessity is the Mother of Invention and it’s clear that you have a firm grip on that, and it worked just fine.

Here is a great shop made jig for either a Router or a Circular Saw to keep your edges straight and true.

Please refer to renners post #14 at this link for a guide that you may be interested in and it is quite durable.

Best Regards.
Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#9 posted 01-27-2013 03:04 PM

Neat idea. And since I dont have a table saw I’m glad someone posted above that you can do the same with a skilsaw and a guide. Will definitely file this for future reference!

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#10 posted 01-27-2013 06:17 PM

What I like about this technique vs most techniques that address only the edge of a board and not the face, is that any deviation from a perfect 90° edge is moot point, since the deviation is the same for both edges. I’ve seen a similar idea done with a router, but never a TS. It should work fine if you can keep both boards together throughout the whole cut. Nice idea!

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#11 posted 04-19-2013 12:12 AM

What is going on in the first picture here? I really like this idea and have bookmarked the post but I just can’t figure out what you are doing in the first of the pictures. Thanks in advance!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#12 posted 04-19-2013 12:15 AM

Terrific post!

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#13 posted 04-19-2013 01:43 AM

not sure how i’ve never heard of this method before but its freaking brilliant

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#14 posted 04-19-2013 05:38 AM

Nifty! I’ve seen it done with a router as well, but never a table saw.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#15 posted 04-19-2013 07:01 AM

sweet but mein looks diffrent.

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