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Tricks for truing lumber without a jointer

To thick for the tablesaw
Router against board
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If your tablesaw lacks the power
to cleanly cut thick stock, use the
tablesaw sled as a straightedge
to guide a flush-trim bit.

To thick for the tablesaw

use a router, bearing-guided flush-trim bit, and a plywood straightedge instead. As with jointing on the tablesaw, one edge of the workpiece must overhang the straightedge. A 1/16" overhang should be adequate for most boards. Set the cutting depth so that the bearing runs against the straightedge, as shown, then trim the rough edge.

Continued on page 6:  For small, short, or highly figured boards


Comments (4)
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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