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Perfectly Flush?

Q. I recently bought a plate joiner in hopes that it would help me get perfect alignment when edge-to-edge gluing. I'm still getting some unevenness at the joints.What gives?

Ro/ph Jefferson Crestview,WV

A. Biscuits help considerably with alignment, but getting absolutely perfect alignment is unlikely. Having glued up what seems like acres of tabletops, I find thai slight variations in wood thickness, minor warpage or loose-fitting biscuits can all throw off the joint. A slight tipping up or down of the plate joiner can also cause a misaligned joint.

You can overcome some of this misalignment during glue-up by tapping or pressing high spots into place before fully tightening the clamps. Otherwise

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