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I am a beginner luthier, also new to the forum.

I was wondering if anyone had experience using a router as a jointer.
My goal is to create the tightest seam possible between two sets of thin plates
(representing the top and back of the guitar).

The traditional luthier method involves a device called a shooting board.

(I don't have permission to post a link yet, but google "shooting board" if you want to check one out)

I am ready and willing to go with the shooting board, however, I have this
shiny new powerful router sitting next to me. I wanted to know if anyone could provide some insight on using router for jointing for guitars or in general.
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I use my router to joint wood. It works well if you set it up right.
I use a special jointing fence. Basically just a straight piece of wood that is 2 mm wider on the outfeed side than it is on the infeed side.
You set the bit so it is level with the outfeed side, thus when your work piece is cut, it still runs straight along the fence.
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Gavin's set up works well. I use a strip of formica or etc. on the outfeed fence.

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Sounds like it should work great. Any special considerations for what type of bit to use?
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Manageable, especially for light duty. Have had success to 2".
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Hi

Many router tables are setup with a split fence just for that type of job many of the high end fences have offset bars that come with them like the Kreg,Sommerfeld and more ,,,even the low end plastic Craftsman router tables are setup that way, you can use any type of bit with that type of fence, sometimes you don't want or need the complete profile of the bit that's when the fence comes into play or you want to use the router table as a jointer or do some lock miter joints, just about any time you use a bit without a bearing on it you want to use the off set fence way..

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Sounds like it should work great. Any special considerations for what type of bit to use?
For the best results I would suggest a shear angle bit, such as item 5509 or7809 on this page
MLCS Flush Trim and Shear Angle Flush Trim Router Bits
or a spiral bit, found elsewhere on the same website.

You said you have a router, but the responses so far have referred to router tables. Do you have a router table or do you need to try to joint hand held?

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Hi

You may also want to check out the new router bit kit out by MLCS


Flush Trim/Pattern Router Bit Kits,read text on web page.

MLCS Flush Trim and Shear Angle Flush Trim Router Bits

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You may also want to check out the new router bit kit out by MLCS


Flush Trim/Pattern Router Bit Kits,read text on web page.

MLCS Flush Trim and Shear Angle Flush Trim Router Bits

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Hi Bob - Just an FYI, the set you have pictured isn't a shear cut. I picked up that set about a month ago and was kinda disappointed it wasn't.

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Hi JOhn

shear cut is nice but not a must have thing at 20,000 rPM's


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Hi Bob - Just an FYI, the set you have pictured isn't a shear cut. I picked up that set about a month ago and was kinda disappointed it wasn't.



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