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Forum topic by DogbertBH posted 08-19-2007 05:12 AM 3527 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-19-2007 05:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: router jointer joiner

Years ago I remember my grandfather having Jointer for making sure our boards were square.

Is this something that’s still needed if you have a router or router table?

As far as I know it’s just cutting blades and a fence. Are the knives the difference?

Not so much for a 4 inch piece, but what about stock for drawers..


-- -DogbertBH

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#1 posted 08-19-2007 05:15 AM

You could use a router to edge joint. You would be hard pressed to flatten the face of a board.

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#2 posted 08-19-2007 05:21 AM

I understand.

What if you have a thickness planer, can you plane the edge of stock with that? if you stuck a few together..

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#3 posted 08-19-2007 06:52 AM

a jointer is used to flaten an edge and a face and have them square to eachother. Without using a jointer, a planer has no ability, on it’s own, to make the board true. With a sled and wedges, it can be done, but the basic tenant of the planer is, “banana in, banana out.” You can take a bunch of smaller pieces and glue them up, but if they aren’t true, then you are only compounding error. Of course, some hand planes can do the job, but the basic use of the jointer/planer/tablesaw combination is this:

1. Face joint a board so it’s perfectly flat
2. Square an edge to that face on the jointer
3. Plane to thickness with the jointed face away from the knives. This makes two true faces and one true edge with the edge square to each face and the faces parallel to eachother.
4. Rip the remaining edge on the tablesaw to produce a dimensioned board that is square and true.

The router table can come into play with edge jointing by using offset fences for infeed and outfeed, but as a replacement to the jointer…nope.


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#4 posted 08-19-2007 07:44 AM

Mot’s advice is on the money. The planer and jointer really are not great by themselves. I use my router 10X more than my tiny jointer. I mounted an old router horizontally. I use spiral bits as they are constantly cutting versus a straight bit. I mounted to router so the bit is barely above the table top. Works great for most jobs. Face jointing is when it starts lacking. There is only about 2.5” of the bit that is exposed and cutting. No one wants to make larger boards from lumber that small.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#5 posted 08-22-2007 01:58 AM

I just finally got a jointer myself, and I can tell you…one’s woodworking improves overnight with a jointer/planer combo. These tools make your woodworking goals much easier to achieve.

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