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Forum topic by mzimmers posted 07-19-2014 01:46 AM 986 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mzimmers

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07-19-2014 01:46 AM

Hi, all -

I was getting ready to start on a small gift box, when I noticed the stock for the sides was slightly bowed (maybe 1/16” over a 2’ board). For most projects, I’d probably ignore it, but I was planning on miter joints, and from experience, I know that ANY imperfection in the stock will show in the joints.

So…is there any way I can fix this without a jointer? I do have a very nice DeWalt Planer (with a Shalix cutting head). My current table saw is a Bosch 4100, so I don’t think I have enough fence to attack it that way. Any ideas?

And, if I do need a jointer, what are some recommendations? I prefer to buy quality, but I’d rather not get a huge machine given my limited shop space.

Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks.

mz

-- M. Zimmers


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#1 posted 07-19-2014 01:54 AM

A hand plane, or a sled that rides in the miter gauge w/ hold downs and a reference fence could get it done.

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#2 posted 07-19-2014 01:59 AM

The reference fence is an interesting idea. I do have a 4’ level with a very straight edge. If I could somehow clamp that to the table saw (and get it very parallel to the blade), I could run the wood through that way in small increments. How does that sound?

I neglected to mention the stock is 3/4” and I am eventually going to plane it to 1/2” anyway, so I have some room to play with.

-- M. Zimmers

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#3 posted 07-19-2014 01:59 AM

misread

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#4 posted 07-19-2014 02:01 AM

If I take that approach, how do I cut the dip? It seems I’d need to be pushing from the center of the board, because if I just push from the end, the curve will just follow the blade. No?

-- M. Zimmers

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#5 posted 07-19-2014 02:01 AM

I’d invest in a nice jointer plane.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#6 posted 07-19-2014 02:02 AM



I d invest in a nice jointer plane.

- lateralus819

Recommendation? Are there any that run on 120VAC that are worthwhile?

-- M. Zimmers

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#7 posted 07-19-2014 02:03 AM

misread

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HorizontalMike

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#8 posted 07-19-2014 02:03 AM



I neglected to mention the stock is 3/4” and I am eventually going to plane it to 1/2” anyway, so I have some room to play with.
- mzimmers

Geez, in that case just run it through your planer and flip it over a couple of times as your work it down to 1/2in. I do that a lot. Just take small bites, like 1/32 or 1/64in at a time.
Just my 2¢...

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#9 posted 07-19-2014 02:08 AM

I think I misread. sorry, I thought the board wasn’t straight.

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#10 posted 07-19-2014 02:36 AM

I misunderstood too. You are saying it doesnt lay flat when face down?

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#11 posted 07-19-2014 02:38 AM



I misunderstood too. You are saying it doesnt lay flat when face down?

- ShaneA

Yes, that’s right. By about 1/16” over a 2’ length.

-- M. Zimmers

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#12 posted 07-19-2014 02:41 AM

How wide is the board? The miter jig sounds good.

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#13 posted 07-19-2014 02:41 AM

The board is about 3” wide. I could use a little more information on the miter jig idea.

-- M. Zimmers

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#14 posted 07-19-2014 02:52 AM

I would first put the board through flat and just graze one edge to make sure it is square to to lay on the table. Take two scrap pieces and rip them to the exact width of the fence. Take two more scrap pieces and use these with the fence width scrap pieces to clamp and wedge the board, with the convex side out, to the longer square piece. Run this through your table saw. Now you have two square sides. Flip the board around and do the other side.

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#15 posted 07-19-2014 03:15 AM

Zimmers, i meant a hand plane. Sorry.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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