I had to make a replacement piece of bent wood for an outdoor gate top and I
made it from thin strips of White Oak glued up with Titebond III. Some of
the strips did not line up when clamped and the edges need trimming to make
them smooth. I was wondering if I could run one side twice through my
jointer set at 1/32 or smaller and then trim the other side on the table or
band saw. The bent piece has 90 degree bends at each end. I don't want to
ruin a set of jointer knives and wonder if the glue up would hurt them. I
also thought of using a carbide bit in my table mounted router with the
fence set to trim up the sides.
First, I'll note that white oak for outside application is a poor
choice...it withstands weather very poorly although on top w/ no end
grain showing it'll help some.
Otherwise, you're asking to tear up the workpiece by running thin cross
grain over a jointer although there's no risk to the jointer from poly
glues (unless you've left a tremendous glob).
Depending on how much overlap you have, there are three ways I'd
approach the task.
1. Hand tools--sharp block plane or chisel will pare it down very
2. For outside work such as that I would also reach for the belt sander
3. Last choice because it's more trouble to set up than it would take
otherwise would be router w/ pilot bit.
White oak is an EXCELLENT outdoor wood.
I've used it for benches, window boxes, and exterior trim parts. Lots
of truck decking is also made from lower grade white oak.
Are you thinking of red oak? That's not so hot when exposed to
The hand plane did the trick. Sometimes we get so involved in using power
tools that we forget there are still hand tools.
I used a cabinet scraper to take off larger globs of glue and then took a
bunch of shallow cuts with my Jack plane.
There were a few voids where the clamping did not bring the plys close
enough. Filled them with solvent based wood filler and sanded with the belt
sander. Now the piece looks so good I want to use it for furniture instead
of putting it outside.
White Oak is the weather resistant wood and Tightbond III is the waterproof
glue. A couple of coats of pigmented stain/sealer and I hope it's good for
the next 25 years. After that, the next owner of this house can worry about
Thanks for the quick replies. I've been away from the newsgroup for a few
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