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Prepare One Edge of Each Board
Jointing One Edge of the Boards

Jointing One Edge of the Boards

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With all boards cut to the proper length, the next step is to joint one edge of each of the boards. This can be easily done with a jointer.

If you don't have a jointer, there is another option. Try using a table saw jointer jig. This simple jig allows you to create a smooth, flat edge that is perpendicular to the flat sides of the board using only your table saw.

Jointing one edge of the boards is vital to having a clean, seamless tongue and groove joint.
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