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Forum topic by Fender posted 01-07-2015 01:58 PM 767 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2015 01:58 PM

Hello All,
I am new to woodworking, sorry if this question seems stupid. I was looking at a project on pinterest that uses pallet wood to make a coffee table. In the picture it used multiple boards across the top of the coffee table. The picture showed all of the boards butted up nice to each with equal size among all of the boards. I am wondering how you might achieve this using a jointer. That is I would like to know what would be the best way to joint some wood where all of the edges are nice and square but the boards are all the same width. Thanks for the help.

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#1 posted 01-07-2015 02:03 PM

Used to gang them up. four or five boards at a time. C clamped together and made sure all of the clamps were out of the way, of course.

Mainly used a small lunchbox planer, a Delta one. I ‘d have a couple clamped up, and run them through one right behind the other, infact….about two inches before the first one’s back end went into the cutting area. Less snipe.

I suppose one could do this on a jointer, too. Joint until all of the edges match.

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#2 posted 01-07-2015 02:07 PM

joint one edge, cut oppisite side true & square @ TS, for faces, joint 1 face at jointer then opposite side through thickness planer, set the tool run all the boards for each step at each tool each board will be the same.

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#3 posted 01-07-2015 02:15 PM

Thanks for the help guys. Both of these were similar to the ideas I was thinking of just wanted to make sure I was thinking on the right path. Thanks again. If anyone has any better ideas please fill free to post.

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#4 posted 01-07-2015 02:34 PM

ChefHDAN’s approach is the traditional way to make panels or tabletops.When using a jointer you’re assured to have one edge straight and the table saw assures you have a an equal width. Don’t assume because you use this technique that your edges will meet perfectly,it can also depend on your jointer set up and jointing technique,this is why it’s best to layout you boards how you want them, mark or number each one of them in order you want and then hold all jointed edges together as you joint and saw each board. Make sure the fence on your jointer is set perfectly at 90 degrees to the jointer bed.

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