Jointing a Pair of Boards

To joint a pair of boards: First set the boards down on the bench and decide how you want them to be arranged. Set the mating edges together and pencil mark the best face. Next, fold the two boards back-to-back so that the best faces arc looking outwards like the cover of a book and so that the mating edges arc together and uppermost, then secure them in the vise. Now run the jointer along the paired boards and plane the edges square and true. Finally, open out the "book" so that the planed edges are together. The clever thing about this technique is that if the edges arc something less than square - and they nearly always are - then the "book" procedure very nicely compensates and remedies the problem.

above: Jointing two boards.

Jointing Boards

The "book" technique of jointing is used when you need to butt two boards edge-to edge to make a larger board or panel. If, after jointing, the board edges are less than square, and they nearly always are, then the "book" procedure resolves the problem.

I Secure the two boards side-by-side in the vise with the mating edges uppermost and the best faces looking outward, then use the plane to estimate how much wood needs to be removed.

2 Run the plane along the wood, first removing the peaks of waste and then cutting down to a true square finish.

3 Remove the boards, fold them out so that the mating edges are together and the best faces are uppermost, like pages or cover of a book.

4 Once tlx.- two boards are completely opened and the edges butted together, you will sec how the technique compensates for edges that are somewhat less than true.


There is no doubt that an electric planer generally gets the job done faster and with less effort However, electric planers are very noisy and dusty. If you are going to get yourself such a machine, then you must also buy the ancillary equipment like a dust collector, ear protectors and a full face shield.

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