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Edge Jointing on a Router Table
Even if you don’t own a jointer, you can do a top-notch jointing job with a router table, a piece of plastic laminate, and a straight bit. The trick is to use your router table like you would a jointer, as shown in Figure 1.
A jointer has an outfeed table set at the height of the cutter and an adjustable infeed table. The outfeed table provides support for the board after the cut is made, and the infeed table allows you to adjust how much material you want to remove from the board.
You can create a similar offset on a router table by attaching the plastic laminate to the outfeed side of the router table fence. A slight bevel on one end of the laminate will allow the workpiece to pass over the laminate without catching the leading edge. The laminate strip is attached to the fence with carpet tape so that the beveled end aligns with the cutting edge of the bit, as shown in Figure 1a.
To joint the edge of a board, mount a ½” straight bit in the router. Next, adjust the fence so that the face of the laminate aligns with the cutting edge of the bit, as seen in Figure 1a.
Now, turn on the router and pass the workpiece over the bit from right to left in a smooth, continuous movement. The router bit will shave a straight edge like the knives of a jointer, while the laminate supports the newly cut edge.
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