19 Comments

  1. Adam
    August 5, 2016 @ 11:09 am

    Great video Steve! I love your series covering these basics. For a beginner like me, reading instructions “Glue up a panel to size” can be kind of mystifying, and this makes it all clear.

    One question: How did you made that cool edge-jointing table saw jig? I think I could build one based off of the picture, but there might be some finer details that I could easily miss. Maybe next week’s video?

  2. Dwain Lambrigger
    August 5, 2016 @ 3:26 pm

    Hey Adam,

    I made that jig based on Steve’s video. I made mine using four clamps over a four foot length. I also left about six inches of exposed 1/4 inch plywood. That way I can joint wider and longer boards. This jig is great! Fast and easy to use. The other advantage is that you are already at the table saw to cut the parallel edge. I can’t recommend this jig strongly enough. I HAVE a jointer and I still find myself using this jig. Greatful to Steve for making this video.

  3. Tinus
    August 6, 2016 @ 9:57 am

    Hello Steve,

    I want to comment to your opinion of the curve of the end grain (±4:00 min).

    The best way is one curve up en then curve down en the next one up again etc etc..
    Boards will stil bow natural during time, so if you have all boards the curve up or all down, your whole panel will bow in one direction and if you do it up and down you get a slight wavey panel but still be straight.

    I’ll hope you understand what i mean.

    • Dave
      September 9, 2016 @ 11:36 am

      The “alternating” the grain has been shown to just be an old wives tale.
      Focus on the face and grain match.

  4. Wolf Lahti
    August 6, 2016 @ 12:58 pm

    I see that you prefer the same high-tech glue spreader that I use.
    It’s digital! 🙂

  5. Bob
    August 11, 2016 @ 9:47 am

    How do you prevent ugly black marks on the wood where it touches the black pipe? I saw that the top clamps were raised a little over the wood surface but the wood was directly on the lower clamps.

    • Ken Rupkalvis
      October 26, 2016 @ 7:25 am

      I lay wax paper over pipe. Also dried glue on the pipe makes using the pipe clamp harder.

  6. Robert
    August 12, 2016 @ 2:16 pm

    I have used biscuits for years and I love them. They do help for alignment.

  7. Mike
    August 17, 2016 @ 1:04 pm

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  8. Marty Amello
    September 6, 2016 @ 12:53 am

    I found the cheapest way to make wider boards is with ripped 2x4s. I built a 33″ x 18″ pendulum cradle for my daughter using only 5 inexpensive 2x4s (maybe 6) so that the total cost of lumber ended up being around $18. I looked up the cost of the average cradle online and they’re up in the hundreds, like 5-600 BUCKS! EGADS!
    Make darn sure to have a good sharp blade, preferably one with 60 teeth because you want the cleanest cuts possible. It takes a bit longer to rip a 2×4 with a 60 tooth blade, but it definitely works and having the right bar or sash clamps is really helpful. It’s really tough to beat those inexpensive Harbor Freight clamps for the job and once glued, clamped and dry it’s fairly easy to plane smooth. I just got myself a thickness planer so the tedious job of hand planing is a thing of the past for myself, but I take great comfort in knowing that if all else fails I still have my handy dandy Stanley #4. Someday I might actually sharpen the iron again..

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  11. James
    August 13, 2017 @ 7:39 pm

    How would you use this technique if your boards are 2~3 meters long?

    • Greg
      November 4, 2017 @ 8:16 am

      You would be better off using a straight edge and a router with a flush trimming bit for boards that long and heavy.

  12. Greg
    November 4, 2017 @ 8:11 am

    I have used a jointer sled on my table saw for over 30 years and it works well. I don’t agree that biscuits do not add strength to the joint though. They are also very useful for alignment of a panel.

  13. Stephanie
    February 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am

    I need to make a plank that is 1″x18″ that is 9ft long. Is this process possible for such a long plank?

  14. Scott
    February 12, 2018 @ 2:21 pm

    I’m super confused about everything that I’ve been reading about wood movement with regard to panel joins (i.e. tabletops). Maybe you can spread some light on the subject. This might sound very elementary but I don’t need to worry about the individual boards expanding and contracting within the panel but only where the panel is attached to something else or a frame around the panel?

  15. rabakomaba
    May 8, 2018 @ 4:57 am

    I am pretty sure you can still buy handbook with all details you need on woodprix.