Joining longer pieces of walnut for tabletop glueup with short jointer

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Forum topic by NickelNick posted 10-16-2017 12:16 PM 794 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-16-2017 12:16 PM

I’m new to the page and wanted everyone’s opinion.

I’m doing my first glue up for a trestle dining room table with a walnut top. The top will be about 90” long. My jointer length is only 20” long… what are some alternate options or ways I can make this work to get a clean edge for my glue up? Thanks.

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#1 posted 10-16-2017 12:54 PM

Get a sharp ripping blade for your table saw and you do not need a jointer.

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#2 posted 10-16-2017 12:57 PM

First, use a straight edge guide and a high quality glue line rip.

After that, the only way I know to do it is by hand with a jointer plane.

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#3 posted 10-16-2017 01:33 PM

Bring them over to my shop and I’ll joint them for you my jointer is 99 inches long.

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#4 posted 10-16-2017 02:17 PM

You can build an outfeed table extension
for jointing longer pieces more successfully.
Even with an extension table a 90” is still
pretty long though. The time spent designing
and making such a jig could be used in
other ways.

A router table can also be set up for jointing.
It will take some time and insight to make
fences straight enough to joint 90”
edges this way however.

I would not be optimistic about ripping joints
that long on a table saw.

Considering the price of the material it might
be prudent to consider investing in a
jointer plane.

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#5 posted 10-17-2017 02:23 AM

another option is to get a decent straight edge (a well joined board will do) and a good flush trim bit for your router and clean up the edges that way.

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