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How to Edge Joint the Lid

In this part of the project, we begin construction of the lid by edge jointing three components together in order to create something that looks great and more importantly, is stable. Because there's no point making something look good if its going to twist and warp all over the place!

Lesson Objectives

We will cover topics such as how to flatten and square an edge using a cambered plane blade. I will also show you how to predict how and why the timber is likely to distort and how to account for it when selecting your pieces. And most importantly, I will share the reasoning and technique behind producing a spring joint in order to create long lasting edge joints that don’t open up over time.

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Supporting Material

Click the images below to see supporting material helping you with this part of the project.

This video teaches you how to create a cambered blade for your handplane. An indispensable addition when edge jointing.

There’s no point in having a razor sharp blade in your plane if it’s setup wrong. This lesson will get those wispy shavings flying!

Surely you just push it, right? Wrong. There is a lot that goes into the simple task of planing. Body positioning, pressure, and movement are all essential to getting the most accuracy from this task. Watch this to learn how.

Have you got the plans yet?

Package includes working drawings, a cutting list, and a 3d SketchUp model!

The Student Series

Want to see another beginner make this project before you? It’s a great way to scope out any mistakes before you make one yourself!

Diagnosing and removing bumps in edge joints – 1:25

How to read grain direction – 3:15

How to flatten lid and prevent bowing from clamping pressure – 5:22

Overview – 8:18

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