Make Tight Mitered Edging

M. lather used to tease. "I cut the darn board twice and it's still too short!" Of course he was kidding—oi was he.- When I make a mitered tabletop. 1 sta. t with one or two pieces that are "too short" and a bii too wide. Jointing their inside edges effectively lengthens them until I get a perfect fit. This is much easier than li ving to cut the boards to exact length.

The center of this top is a piece of plywood. (Solid wood won't work here because the center piece is unable to expand or contract with the seasons.) I often use biscuits or spline to align the edging with the plywood and to reinforce the corner joints.

IMitor and glue the short pieces first. Rip the long pieces about 1/4 in. wider than the short pieces. Cut the long pieces a bit siort, so they each have a 1/32-in. or so gap at one end.

Se: your jointer to take a minimal cut, about 1/64 in. Joint the inside edges of the long boards.This lengthens the distance between the miters. In effect, the board becomes longer.

3 Check the board's fit after each jointer pass. When the miters come tight, mark the excess width, rip the hoards and glue them on.

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