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Turn Your Router into a Jointer For a long time, like many woodworkers, I couldn't afford a jointer for my home shop.Eventually I did get a jointer, but for many years before that I used my router as a jointer.
Even if you currently have a jointer, there are some times when your jointer just won't do the job that a router can do on jointed edges.The router is a very easy tool to set up and use for jointing edges and in these next steps I will take you through the process of jointing boards with your router.
The first step is to choose your cutter.I prefer a flush trim bit for jointing (photo 1 - left).The flush trim bit that I use (middle bit) has a 4 degree sheer angle on the carbide.This is an up sheer angle that carves the wood from the stock rather than just slapping it off like jointer knives would.
The other two bits shown are a ¾' flush trim with a very large down sheer angle, and a straight bit with no angle at all.Chuck your bit into the router and raise it just above the table surface (photo 2)....