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Tricks for truing lumber without a jointer

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To rip a straight edge on boards

To rip a straight edge on boards

Build this sled and use it as a secure platform. To make a T-slot, use a Forstner bit to drill 3/8"-deep starting holes where shown; then run your router against a straightedge clamped to the sled base and plow the channel between the two holes with a 3/8" straight router bit. Without moving the straightedge, install a T-slot cutter bit and rout the channel.

To use the sled, let the rough edge of the workpiece overhang the sled and secure the workpiece with hold-down clamps (#35283, 800-279-4441, rockler.com). Butt the opposite edge of the sled against your fence and rip the crooked edge away, as shown previous slide, top.


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2ward2 wrote:

If one has no jointer, cutting the wide board into thinner strips will mean each strip is flatter to the table saw than the complete board. If one reglues the strips, the same cupping tendency will remain, but if alternate strips are turned over, that tendency will be evened out. Edge "jointing" the strips with the saw should help to achieve better glue-up. Of course, a hand plane, or even a router table can help those edges.

8/19/2014 01:35:18 PM Report Abuse
2ward2 wrote:

This method will guarantee a thin board. I think wood thickness can be better preserved with less wood loss by ripping the board into thinner strips, jointing the edges then re-assembling by edge gluing the strips back together. Most of the cup will be gone and irregularities can then be planed off manually or with a planer.

8/19/2014 01:28:13 PM Report Abuse
billself60 wrote:

Yeah. I saw that to (pardon that pun, hun). =-)

1/16/2014 11:02:43 AM Report Abuse
schneierm wrote:

"Too" thick

1/16/2014 09:53:10 AM Report Abuse

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