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Tricks for truing lumber without a jointer

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For small, short, or highly figured boards
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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
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.

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Comments (4)
schneierm wrote:

"Too" thick

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

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