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3. After scribing, flip the plant- over, and re-move waste with a power planer, paying close attention to the scribed line. Finish up using a No. 7 jointer plane. To check your progress, flip the plank over onto the outfeed table and see if it rocks.

You don't have to completely flatten every square inch of the plank before resorting to a thickness planer to true the other side. As long as the plank won't rock as it goes through a planer, the other face can be trued. You do have to remove any bow because a thickness planer can temporarily compress the bow out of a board as it passes through. Once the second face is true, flip it over, and send the first face through the machine to clean rt up.

4. Squaring an edge comes next. Because I don't own a working jointer. I have an alternative method for jointing. I chuck the board m a vise and use a power hand planer fitted with a homemade carriage that keeps the tool square to the edge. Take light passes and sight along the edge to check your progress.

5. A power planer can only get you so far. I get a good glue edge by jointing stock on a router table. My router is attached under the side extension of my tablesaw. which allows me to use the table-saw's fence for routing, too. For jointing, I made an adjustable, auxiliary fence that fits over my rip fence.

I use pieces of fc-in.-thick melamine for my auxiliary fence and attach it to the saw fence using L brackets and carnage bolts. Alternatively, you can use an adjustable router-table fence that allows you to offset one-half of the fence relative to the other. To joint a board, adjust both fences in the same plane, and then adjust the rip fence to take off only in. Joint a few inches of a board, turn off the router and reposition the outfeed half of the auxiliary fence flush against the jointed section.

I've had good results jointing edges using a )i-in. solid-carbide up-cut spiral bit or a k-in. carbide-tipped straight bit. After jointing one edge, rip the other side using the tablesaw, and joint that edge on the router. Correct any slight imperfections using a No. 7 jointer plane. Then slightly hollow out the center of each glue edge with a scraper to avoid a starved joint. I don't use biscuits or splines to .llign boards. I do. however, glue up only two or tnree planks at ii time so that I don't go crazy trying to keep everything flat.

6. After letting a panel dry overnight. I use a No. 80 cabinet scraper to remove gluelines and any arout left by the power tools. On a tabletop this big, it's easier to just hop aboard, and go to work on your hands and knees.

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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