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router for edge joining?

I'm building a few tables out of edge-joined planks (1-1/2" thick). At this point I don't have a great way of jointing the edges (making them straight and square) other than a short hand plane. No power tools other than a circular saw and a router.

How bad of an idea is it to clamp the two rough planks onto my workbench with about 1/8th of an inch between them, and then run a 1/4 inch router bit down the gap? In theory this should produce two edges that perfectly mate, right?
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Run the router really slow. It will work but 1 1/2" is a lot for the router to swallow.

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I'd use the circ saw

Same setup, just use a circ saw which is meant for "sawing" ...

You may have to make a few runs, but it will be faster in the long run. Just keep bumping them together and follow the seam with the saw using the straight edge. I straight line rip a lot of boards on my table saw using a rip jig. It's fine for joining and way faster.
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Check out this link from wood magazine for more info...
http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodwork...-its-a-jointer

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Thanks everyone, these are some great ideas!

The boards are reclaimed wood so I'm leaning towards the circular saw idea, simply because if I hit a nail I'd rather do it with that than with a router bit.
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Thanks everyone, these are some great ideas!

The boards are reclaimed wood so I'm leaning towards the circular saw idea, simply because if I hit a nail I'd rather do it with that than with a router bit.
Yep, sounds like a plan. Maybe take a short slice by 1/8th and then a pass with the router to clean things up. Unless you use a track for the saw, it will invariably waiver a bit.

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