True up leg blanks?

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Forum topic by ynathans posted 04-04-2014 07:34 PM 898 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-04-2014 07:34 PM

Hey guys,

I am building a small den table and am using oak. As you can see from the pic below I have glued up some stock to get to 1 1/8” legs, but the two pieces are not perfectly aligned.

What is the best way to deal with this? Can I run the blanks thru the jointer taking some light passes to get everything true?



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#1 posted 04-04-2014 07:39 PM

I would use a joiner and/or planer and/or table saw. If you try using a flush cut with a router, you may end up with some slight curvature to the piece so I wouldn’t go that route.

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#2 posted 04-04-2014 09:54 PM

Ideally you would leave your leg blank oversized, and trim one face on the jointer. Then you could go to the planer and mill it to final dimensions.

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#3 posted 04-04-2014 10:55 PM

If your faces are parallel and you’re only worried about the two edges, a jointer would be perfect. Making light passes would reduce the chance of tear out. The opposite edge can be surfaced with your planer.

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#4 posted 04-08-2014 12:24 AM

Thanks guys—I ran it thru the jointer with a few light passes and then the opposite side through the planer and it worked great!

Now to try tapering the legs in the newly built table saw tapering jig. Hope it goes ok.

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#5 posted 04-08-2014 12:29 AM

BTW—in the future should I be making the legs slightly oversized to accommodate for the post glue up joint & plane?

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