Dec. 20, 08 - 02:17PM
Having seen the router table used as a jointer in one of WWGOA's videos, I thought I'd give it a try.
In trying to joint the edge on 24" X 6" X 3/4" white oak boards, I constantly had a gap in the center when I butted two jointed boards together. The gap grew from nothing at each end to about 1/32" to 1/16" at the center.
I checked my setup over and over, even took the fence apart on the router table to insure the fence was straight and true.
I eventually took the boards to the table saw and ran each board through twice. The first cut was with the jointed edge against the fence, and the second time with the jointed edge against the blade. You could see the saw taking a tiny bit off the leading and trailing edge as the board went through the second pass. I ended up using the boards as they came from the table saw as they were better than what I'd done on the router table.
Any thoughts on what I might be doing wrong? Am I expecting too much accuracy from the router, or should I just wait until I can afford a real jointer?