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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-13-2013, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Angry curved joints on router table

Hi. Just bought a Veritas router table top and fence from Lee valley and have only one problem. When I try to edge joint a piece of red oak it comes out Not straight. Over about 2 1/2 ft there is a 32nd inch difference from one end to the other measured with a good straight edge. This makes it very hard to glue up a table-top.
Any suggestions? I put a 32nd inch spacer on the outfeed side of the fence to try to clean up the edge but the problem stayed. Finally had to joint the boards on my TS.
Help. This has become a very expensive way to make cauls.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-13-2013, 11:45 AM
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There is nothing wrong with using the table saw, I never try to joint a board on the router table. Joint one edge on a jointer to make it true, then table saw to make the edges parallel. A good table saw blade will give you a nice edge for glue up.....
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Just like a jointer, the outfeed fence must be even with the bit, the infeed fence should be set back for the desired depth of cut.

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This is the one problem with using a router table as a jointer. The outfeed fence needs to be set exactly even with the router bit cut or you will not get a straight joint. Jointers have this same problem if the outfeed table isn't adjusted correctly or is not adjustable.
Having a short outfeed fence on the router table or a short jointer table causes similar problems on long stock as well. You can get your router table to work as a jointer, and it will work well, but you have to be very careful with setting the fence position, and a longer table and fence can make a big difference when jointing longer stock.


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Exactly what Charley and Duane said. The only reason for it not to work is because the setup is not right. When I say right it has to be perfect. If you plan on doing this on a regular basis I would build a table and fence and dedicate it to this operation along with a dedicated router in the table. I love my jointer, it is one of my favourite tools. But if I had to zero it in every time I used it I'm not sure the love affair would last very long.

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Some tips on getting it right.
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I do short glue edges on the router table... just like was described in earlier posts. Longer on my table saw. I do most of my glue edges on the TS.

Okay- I have to admit, between the router table, TS panel saw, RAS, Shaper... I have so many jointer fences, jigs and straight edge jigs... That i would have a hard time justifying a stand-alone jointer past Sharon.

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I used a router for joining for years. I had a Join-Tech fence (no longer in business) and I believe it was similar to an Incra's whereby the in-feed and out-feed fences could be adjusted separately by turning a knob. Also the fence had a lead screw so that you could adjust the entire fence in 1,000 of an inch increment. It only took 20 seconds to adjust for edge joining. I also used a 1/2" spiral router bit to do the edging. I probably ran a 1,000 boards through it without a problem. I am not familiar with the fence you have, but with the right one adjustments should be simple. Malcolm / Kentucky USA
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Some great info fellas, I have not been able to do any woodwork for a while. I had shoulder surgery and have finally started physical therapy. It does not keep me from learning though.
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many thanks for the info. Perhaps I should have been using a spiral cutter instead of a flush cutter. Have to try that next time.
Thanx again.
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