Gluing long wide boards

I am building a table and I need to glue together several long and
wide (5' X 10") boards for the table top. I cannot put them through
jointer as they are long and heavy. What's the best way for
straightening their edges so I can nicely glue them together?
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tablesaw with a sled. take a strip of plywood with a strait edge on it and attach your board to it with cleats or screws and run it through the saw with the ply or mdf against the fence. voila strait boards!
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On a Table saw or with a Circle saw.
For a table saw use a straight piece of plywood and screw some hold down clamps to it so that you can have your stock sit on top with the edge to be straightened hanging over the straight plywood edge.
Or clamp a straight edge on to your stock to be straightened and use that as a guide for a circle saw or router.
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depends on your tools. if you have a router you can make a shooting board for it which will quickly do a very nice job, assuming that the boards don't have any twist to them. the same type of shooting board can be made for a circular saw, which generally will leave a little rougher finish than the router.
if you're in no hurry and enjoy the process and learning new things consider doing it with hand planes. with planes you can fit the edges extremely well together, and you can also get the faces flat and true. this route will teach you about sharpness and sharpening, about wood grain and stuff like that. in the end hand tools are some of the most fun to use and explore.
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The very best results can be achieved with hand planes, but it takes a small amount of skill and a willingness to spend the time to get it right.
Otherwise I'd use a long straight edge and a straight bit in a router.
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Chris Friesen
A 5' x 10" board is too heavy for you? OK, rip them in half. A good idea too because you are much better off with a table made of glued up 5" boards than one with fewer 10" boards...not likely the 10" one would stay flat.
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The tablesaw or circular saw option will work well if you have a good blade. I flip the boards so that I am cutting the first board face up and the second face down. That way if my blade is at 89.9 degrees instead of 90 the boards will still be flat when glued.
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"dadiOH" wrote in message
Bingo ... IME, almost guaranteed, with today's hardwoods, warp/cup depending upon the type of wood/cut of the stock (flatsawn, rift, etc).
Best chance of mitigating that, IME, is to rip to comfortable jointer width, face and edge joint, then re-glue ... done right, you shouldn't be able to tell it.
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I would straighten the edges on a table saw using the carrier-board method. With a good blade (Forrest WW2 or equiv) the cut is often adequate for glue-up without further work, but if necessary it could be fine-tuned with a jointer plane. I don't own a jointer and this is the method I always use, with good results (Actually I do have a tiny little 4" jointer I got at a yard sale years ago, but I've never taken the time to set it up)
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Larry W
After using the table saw sled method, I have used a sanding disk on the table saw (make sure your disk is square to the table / fence) and take very light passes with about 120 grit disk. I have jointed many glue ups in the past using this method.
Dennis Slabaugh, Hobbyist woodworker
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