how do I joint long boards with a #7?

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Forum topic by HokieMojo posted 06-18-2009 03:07 PM 2259 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-18-2009 03:07 PM

I’ve got an old #7 jointer and am trying to edge joint a 5 foot long board. I’vebeen relatively succesful jointing some short boards, but I’m not really sure what type of motion to use for such a long board.

My impression is that I should be trying to use one complete pass to get a smooth uniform edge (after knocking off any unusually high spots), but I find making a 5 ft pass awkward. Does anyone have any suggestions?

CLARIFICATION: The number 7 jointer I’m talking about is a handplane. I do not own an electric jointer. Thanks.

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#1 posted 06-18-2009 04:02 PM

I have a small short jointer too what I do for boards like you have I use a straight edge and a router with a straight bit, works fine for me.

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#2 posted 06-18-2009 04:44 PM

the router is the path I may end up going, but I’d like to know how it is done with hand tools as well. I don’t have an ideal straight edge for this project, so I’d prefer to stick with the tools I’ve got. thanks for the reminder of a good fallback though gmman.

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#3 posted 06-18-2009 05:02 PM

You can make extensions to your in-feed and out-feeds ether temporary or permanent to help hold the longer boards.

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#4 posted 06-18-2009 05:57 PM

It looks like the other guys that posted thought you were talking about a short electric jointer, not a jointer handplane. It is awkward to make one pass along an entire longer board, but that’s exactly what I do to ensure a flat, even surface. I will take passes along the entire length until I get an even thickness shaving the entire way. (Just my method) You can just work down the high spots individually, then go with a full length cut when it looks like it’s close I guess, but I would be concerned that you might take more off one end of the board and end up with a slightly tapered board. If you are just trying to fit two boards together for edge gluing, it really doesn’t matter how you do it as long as you test fit them periodically and remove wood in the right places to make them fit.

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#5 posted 06-18-2009 06:03 PM

Here’s the answer. It’s a video by the Woodwhisperer that shows first how to use a jointer then the second half of the video shows many alternative methods including using a router.

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#6 posted 06-18-2009 07:07 PM

Take a look at this video. It’s about the bench, but with some nice planing.

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#7 posted 06-18-2009 08:01 PM

thanks fred. That is a great video, but to clarify further, I’m jsut trying to edge joint the board and it is a long one. I’m just having trouble getting the motion figured out. I feel like I’m very choppy and inevitibly my planes stalls midway through a pass.

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#8 posted 06-18-2009 08:05 PM

disregard, my last comment. it didn’t load completely the first time, but i see what you mean later in the video. I think I see my real problem. I think I need a strudier bench and a sharper blade. It doesn’t look like he is going to get stuck mid pass because his bench doesn’t wobble and his blade cuts WAY cleaner than mine.

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