Barry: I would have been happy with a gap of about 1/32" or so, for
the very reason you mention. But it was starting to get closer to
1/8"! That just seems to be no good!
Thanks for all the great replies, guys! Some of the ideas are what I
ended up doing and trying, and I was eventually able to get a pretty
good joint. Sadly (or maybe fortunately), I still have to make 8 more
boards at about this length, so I should get pretty good at it by the
I tried aligning rollers precisely, but couldn't get them exact (my
basement floor is kind of wavy, which didn't help.)
What ended up working best was running just the ends of each board
through the jointer once or twice, set on a very slim cut. After
knocking the ends down a bit, I ran through the jointer all the way
through a few times from each direction, checking the boards against
each other each time.
I think it worked -- I guess I'll know better when I take the clamps
I might have to try the idea with a straight router bit through the
edges sometime, though I see some logistical difficulties with that,
Thanks again, and by all means keep the suggestions coming!
One more I did not see mentioned, which has worked for me: get a
straightedge, or make one similar to a circular saw guide only sized
for your router, clamp it to your stock, then use a pattern bit to
clean up your edge. Easier to set up than a jig to route both boards
at once. I use this for the occaisional situation, but if I jointed
panels on a regular basis, I'd look into something I believe is made
by Jointech, or some such, that works on the same principle.
Glad it worked out, Scott. With so many ideas pouring out, I sat back on this
one. Had a similar problem before, and solved by first ripping with the table
saw. Then using the jointer on very light passes to take out any blade marks.
The idea being to get it close enough so that a few very light passes will
work, just as you did.
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