It is a little too far for me to drive for a beer. Have any hand planes?
Track saws don't need the track, it is convenient, but what Nathan described above will work fine, is cheap, and easy.Other than buying another section of track, the only other thing I can think of is to make or buy a simple fence style guide or straight edge. I have read that the composite trim is usually pretty darn straight and smooth so if you can find a straight piece long enough for your cut, you can glue it to a piece of 1/4" MDF or hardboard and make a quick and dirty saw guide.
Thanks for the suggestion to change the title.Track saws don t need the track, it is convenient, but what Nathan described above will work fine, is cheap, and easy.
If you need a Jointer, TS, or other tool in Portland, I d suggest changing your title to "Need help jointing boards in Portland" or something that steers the conversation automatically to Portland.
Seeing full width curls coming off the plane is a pretty good indication you are moving across a flat piece of edge, if the square shows it to be square you are done. The hardest part is going to be setting depth of the cut, and that ain't so hard. It's just tricky work if the edge starts as rough, a lot of passes until you get flat and full width. Mostly flat to start and no biggie.I haven t tried to make a panel since I sold my jointer so I will need to try one with a hand plane. So I am a +1 for hand plane but it would be a difficult first time learning experience. With a lot of practice I am just now getting proficient at making S4S boards. I am sure edge jointing will be a whole new challenge but like above suggested method making two boards have a mirror edge where each matches the other is the way to go if perfect is not within reach.
Thank you George, Hillsboro is pretty far from where I am especially taking into account that the lumber I need to join is pretty long - over 10' and I had difficulty bringing it home from a pretty close by lumberyard.I live in Hillsboro and have a jet 6" jointer as well as Makita guide rails from 39" to 118". I would be unable to support early in the week due to work obligations but may be able to work something out for later in the week. Feel free to message.