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I attempted to join a couple of 1x8's by using my router straight bit and had problems. I offset the outfeed part of the fence about about 1/16 and everything looked good. When I placed the boards together they have gaps at each end as if the middle of the boards are a little wider than the ends?? Any advice?
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One or both boards could have been bowed.

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Hi Steve:

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My experience with router table jointing is that if one doesn't properly line up the outfeed fence, one either gets the problem you described or the opposite (where there is a gap in the middle of the board.) It's very important to make sure that outfeed fence is in line with the furthest point of the bit's cutting circle. In other words, the outfeed fence must be tangential to the cutting edge's travel.

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How long, and how straight, (and sturdy), is the fence you are using? Also how long are the boards? An 8' board on a 2' fence will probably not yield, good results.

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Can be done, but only with attention to detail.
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Not too, not too and not too. It's a small ryobi table but the boards are only 24" long. May be time for a table upgrade.
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They make it look so easy on the web videos.
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I had the exact same problem yesterday with some looong stock on my tiny table. If only I had a 1.5 meter straight edge, i'd just use a flush trim bit.
Today I must try to solve the problem without spending money. Oh joy.
As a side note. Never buy pauwlonia wood. Everything I read about it made it sound pretty decent. Turns out it's slightly harder than balsa wood !!
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