Jointer using a router

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Project by ShopBuilt posted 02-16-2016 09:50 PM 2645 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this was a fun project to work through. the widest it can joint is 2” so its pretty limited but works well never the less.

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#1 posted 02-16-2016 10:42 PM

Another great idea. Never thought of that one.

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#2 posted 02-17-2016 01:23 AM

Nice! Looks like I need to find another router laying around looking for something to do

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#3 posted 02-17-2016 03:45 PM

Couldn’t you do the exact same thing on a router table without building another tool?

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#4 posted 02-17-2016 03:51 PM

Where there’s a will there’s a way. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 02-17-2016 04:01 PM

Just need to find a huge spiral downcut bit for it

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#6 posted 02-17-2016 04:12 PM

“the widest it can joint is 2”
Flip the board and you can do 4”?

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#7 posted 02-17-2016 05:47 PM

I watched this video last night before it hit LJ. I was wondering though, as awesome a build as it is, how is it really different than just doing it vertically on your router fence with a simple shim in the outfeed side? What is the advantage to this one? I would definitely build it if it worked way better.

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#8 posted 02-17-2016 06:17 PM

@kocgolf it would be marginally better than your table. It does have support at the other end of the bit to keep it straight when using the full 2”. Also having the adjustability is nice. I currently don’t have a router table so that wasn’t an option. For me I just like building stuff like this and I liked the challenges it presented. It was a really fun build but there are probably easier ways to joint material that is 2” or less if your not into building tools.

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#9 posted 02-17-2016 06:21 PM

Yeah, now that you mention it that sleeve you used to support the bit on the outside end does make a lot of sense in supporting the bit. Does it interfere with being able to flip and joint 4” boards? Seems like it might get in the way.

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#10 posted 02-17-2016 06:24 PM

My router table (Bench Dog) has a jointer feature built into it. It offsets the split fences to allow edge jointing. I never use it, mostly because the 2” bit length is too limiting for me.

Creative idea and nice build.

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