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Table Saw Jointer Jig

Table Saw Jointer Jig

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Wood stock, particularly the stuff that passes for dimensional lumber at modern-day home centers, isn't the most agreeable of products. It often isn't fully dried when found on the shelves, and because of the speed at which it is grown along with the methods for milling, it often warps, cups, twists or bows as it acclimates to the local climate, where you plan to use it. Since you know that you really should allow all wood stock to be used on a project to acclimatize before beginning your project, yet knowing that it may be more suited for boat-building when it's ready, what can you do?

When you have boards that need a little straightening, the first tool of choice is the jointer. You can always use your table saw to square up the board once you have one flat, true surface, but you need the jointer to create that one surface.

The problem is that jointers are rather pricey and bulky, not exactly suited to a small shop or working on location. Quite simply, there are more versatile tools to buy first when building a shop.

The good news is that there's a simple jig for your table saw that can do a great deal of the work of a jointer. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build a simple table saw jointer jig that will give you clean, straight edges from which to do glue-ups, make other joints or just ensure a clean edge for that piece of stock.

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