Table Saw #1: Jointing

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Blog entry by MXRACER922 posted 01-08-2018 01:46 PM 654 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m a beginner with woodworking and I keep reading about making a jig to joint an edge with a table saw. Why can I not just run both edges of the board along the top fence to get jointed edges? I feel like there is something I’m not seeing as to why this wouldn’t work.

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#1 posted 01-08-2018 02:37 PM

The reason this will not work is because the fence only references the side that is against it. Meaning if there is a bow or a cup in the board that will be copied in your cut because the board will move into the blade in the same profile as the edge against the fence. There are lots of videos out there that probably explain it better than I have, but that’s the jist of it.

-- --Zach

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#2 posted 01-08-2018 03:17 PM

Exactly as TraylorPark says.. you build the jig to cut one edge of a board perfectly straight and with your blade set to 90 degrees ( I would suggest a digital angle gauge ). Then you can place that new straightened edge against the fence to joint the other edge ( again making sure the blade is 90 degrees and the fence is perfectly parallel with the blade.

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#3 posted 01-08-2018 03:47 PM

Alright, That makes sense, thanks guys.

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#4 posted 01-08-2018 08:14 PM

In practice, unless you have a really funky or very long board, you can. Rip one edge, check that the cut edge is truly straight and square, if it is then you can rip the other side. The two edges will be parallel, and be 90 degrees to the face that was in contact with the table saw bed. But remember parallel COULD mean ess shaped or bowed, curved etc.

-- Ted

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