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Straightening a board without a jointer

joshgressel's picture

Hi folks:

I just bought a piece of 8/4 quartersawn oak I need to rip up for legs for a bookcase.  Problem is it has a slight curve on the "straight" side, and a major curve on the unmilled side.  I remember reading a trick to straightening a board without a jointer (I don't have one, hence this question).  Can someone give me simple instructions so I don't lay waste to this expensive piece of wood?


roc's picture

Are you sure you want the answer ? (post #171152, reply #1 of 5)

 It can't be done.

Just kidding.

Looks like time to learn to use one of these

one of these

One of these

and one of these

All but the first one must be flat, straight and out of wind.  That is pronounced w eye nd.


Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln ( 54° shaves )

roc's picture

Oh . . . . (post #171152, reply #2 of 5)

. . . . you mean modern guy style.

Find some length of aluminum metal, or wood but you gotta make that straight (see first post above), that will run in your table saw miter slot with out slop.  Good luck.  It can be done.

Attach this long strip to the bottom of a slab of . . . what's that crap they make every thing out of these days . . . ummmmm

oh yah plywood.

Run the assembly across your table saw  with the oak plank clamped, bolted, what ever so it doesn't fly off and kill you.

Viola one straight edge.

Turn it around and do the same with the set up to cut the width you want.

It sounds good doesn't it ?

Might even work.

Probably the legs you cut will have some stress released and it will go out some.

See first post above.


Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln ( 54° shaves )

forrestb's picture

useful tip (post #171152, reply #3 of 5)

I just watched a Charles Neil short video doing what you are. Take a look at

to see if it helps.


adirhu's picture

Thanks for the tip (post #171152, reply #5 of 5)

Hi Forrest:

This project got back-burnered for a few months and tonight I watched the Charles Neil video, built the jig, and used his technique.  It worked perfectly.  Thanks for passing it on.

Josh Gressel

IdahoDon's picture

Just remember that you'll (post #171152, reply #4 of 5)

Just remember that you'll need to take off much less wood if you rough cut the pieces to size first.   I don't know the shape of the legs for your project, but a long fence extension on a tablesaw can true up a lot of items that aren't too wide.


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