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I would like to use a router as a joiner. What type of blade should I use in the router? Can this be accomplished on the router table?
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I would like to use a router as a joiner. What type of blade should I use in the router? Can this be accomplished on the router table?
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You sure can Allan, using a straight cutter and either a split fence or stick something like a piece of Laminex on the out-feed side side of the fence. The biggest drawback to this system compared to a jointer or thickness/planer is that around 2" is the maximum thickness of the wood that can be accommodated. Planing can also be done with the router hand held using a straight cutter and run the router base against a straight edge, but this is rather messy except for planing the edge of a sheet of panel material.
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You can also attach a straight edge to your material with double sided tape and then run it over the table with a pattern bit(bearing mounted at the end of the router bit). The bearing runs along the straight edge and the cutter cuts your material.

There's another method that some people use but it is considered too unsafe by many so I won't tell you what it is.
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Just to add to Harry's post

3 " is the maximum thickness of stock..
Plus this is one job done on the Horiz.router table that works very well.
Lay the stock down flat and push it over the bit just like a jointer.

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You can joint with a router both hand-held and in a suitably equipped table. I personally like doing it by hand much of the time but the table process comes in handy at times also.
I have a story with photos and a video on this subject at the link below if that would help.

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The last one on this page is particularly suitable for jointing. Note the angle of the blade and the stiffness inherent in the thicker size.

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I would like to use a router as a joiner. What type of blade should I use in the router? Can this be accomplished on the router table?
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Last weekend I had a 8" X 10' piece of rough-cut 5/4 Red Oak that needed edge jointing before I could start cutting down the board into smaller widths on my table saw. My bench jointer was too small for the job, so I rigged up my router table to do the job as noted above with a strip of formica on the outfeed side of my fence and a 2.5" edge trim bit as the cutter.

The result was mixed. While the board was much easier to handle on the router table, the cut was not as smooth as I hoped. It was straight, though, so ultimately got a fairly even cut when I went to the rip fence on my table saw.

I think you need to be careful about feed rate and bit speed with the harder woods. Otherwise it will have a washboard look to it using the router table. Use some scrap of the same material and thickness to test your cut, and adjust accordingly.

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I often use a router as a jointer since building a horizontal router table which makes it ideal when jointing small pieces such when making wooden toys.

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I've done another frugal solution in my old router table. 2 pieces of melamine cut to size for the infeed and outfeed fences. Then I've got these 2 fence clamps from Rockler that you drill a hole into the aux fence and it clamps to the existing fence. I offset the outfeed fence with some hard sticky plastic evenly so that it raises off the fence about 1/32 or so. Then the router has about a 2-1/2 inch straight bit with 1/2in. shank. I sold an old Delta jointer I briefly had because it drove me up the wall, and I figured using this setup was at least just as good for what I needed to do without taking up a lot of my limited floorspace. I'm currently in the market and hot on the trail for the Kreg precision router table which has a pretty good looking way to achive the same effect with the 2 offset fences.
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