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Posted on Getting vanity and table tops flat using 2x6's or 4x4's

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#1 posted 10-13-2017 02:26 PM

It sounds like you have all the tools you need. Flatten the 2x lumber on one face using a jointing sled on your planer. Then joint one edge square to that face on the jointer. Flatten the other face on the planer (no sled required). Rip the other edge straight on a table saw. If you dont have a table saw, stand it up on the jointed edge and run it through the planer.

They should all be straight enough to glue edge to edge at this point. One trick, glue Two boards together first, then wait for that to dry before gluing on the next board. This way if they are still warped a little on the joining edge the clamp can pull the joint together more easily than if you are trying to do all the boards together at once.

Also make sure you don’t glue the 2×4 cross wise underneath. You need to screw it on with slotted holes to allow the top to expand or else it will cause problems as the wood moves.


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