In the previous series where we made a dovetailed box, I taught you the ‘difficult’ way to edge joint two piece of wood together. This was mostly to help you develop skills when using a plane such as correct balance, pressure, and use of the cambered blade. However there is an ‘easier’ way to produce an edge joint…
This involves planing the two pieces of timber simultaneously in the vice so that once taken out and assembled, any error in squareness should be cancelled out. However this is not always the case for a number of reasons, as discussed in the video.
This is why I taught you the difficult way to edge joint board first. Because it gives you a thorough understanding of everything you need to create a seamless edge joint so that you do not take this method for granted; as many of my students have tried and failed to in the past.
Ensure your plane is sharp and well set up for this step. You cannot achieve a seamless edge joint with a blunt blade, and a heavy cut. Each and every pass needs to be deliberate and do not rush anything.
Make the most of the supporting resources below if you are struggling to get your plane to create nice shavings.
Also, be sure to consult the tool list for this project if you are looking to upgrade your current tools, or are looking to start off on the right foot. The list includes various options to suit different budgets and also distinguishes between hand tool and power tool based methods.
How to Size the Panels
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!
This dedicated video on edge jointing shows how to produce a seamless, sprung edge joint entirely by hand.
Have you got the plans yet?
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!
*To be filmed*