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.
- Woodworking: Moderate to Easy
- Finishing: None
Time to Complete
- 1-2 Hours
- Table Saw
- Power Drill or Cordless Drill
- Fixed-Base Router with router table
- 1/2" straight-cutting router bit
- 1 - 1x6 x 3' SPF Lumber
- 1 - 12" x 4' piece of 3/4" sanded (AC) plywood
- Tape Measure
- 1/2" Chisel
- 2 - Quick-Release Toggle Clamps
- 2 - 1/2" x 2" Hex Bolts with 2 flat washers, 2 lock washers and 2 wing nuts
- 1-1/4" Deck Screws
- 3/4" Wood Screws