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Tricks for truing lumber without a jointer

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For small, short, or highly figured boards
Cardboard spacer
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Place thin cardboard spacers
behind your router table's outfeed
fence to offset it like a jointer's
outfeed table. Space them evenly
so the fences remain parallel.
Ruler against fence
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Using a measuring square, check
to see that the outfeed fence sits no
more than 1/16" proud of the infeed
fence and that the two fences are
parallel.
Red bit in center
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Adjust the outfeed side of the fence
flush with the bit. Remember, this
isn't a jointer -- feed stock slowly to
minimize tear-out and give the
smoothest edge.

For small, short, or highly figured boards

Prone to tear-out, set up your router table as an edge jointer. This technique also saves time when edge-jointing several pieces because you won't have to clamp a straightedge to each workpiece. To start, install a straight bit in your router table, and then use thin spacers to offset the outfeed side of the table 1/16", as shown right.

More Resources

  • FREE for a limited time: View a video on truing up a board with a hand plane at woodmagazine.com/handplaneflat.
  • For a free trick to help you see your winding sticks, go to woodmagazine.com/windingsticktip.


 

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Comments (4)
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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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