|Forum topic by Bret||posted 07-16-2009 02:11 AM||1018 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
07-16-2009 02:11 AM
I’m making two more of the quilt rack I recently completed (and of which I posted pictures recently), and wouldn’t you know it, again one of my sides didn’t quite fit along the edge joint the way I would have hoped. There are some slight gaps and irregularities that didn’t appear when I was test-fitting it on my workbench.
What am I missing? I edge jointed one edge (where the boards would be joined), then jointed a face on each, then planed the opposite face just barely. I then cut dadoes into each board to form mortises when the glue-up was complete. I them put the jointed edges together, inspected, and marked for dowels. Drilled for dowels and glued the boards together (without gluing the dowels in place—they’re just basically holding things in place).
I don’t have a jointer plane, just a shoulder plane and a bench plane. Should I have planed the edge before cutting the mortise? I didn’t sand for worry of making things even more irregular. Would sanding have helped?
I’ve got two more similar joints to do and don’t want the same problems on these!
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