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post #1 of 3 Old 05-12-2016, 08:08 AM Thread Starter
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Butt Joints (how to)

I am making my first live edge slab table. I am not having as much trouble with the actual joining as I am trying to get the two slab edges parallel so they butt up nicely with no gaps. I don't have a large table saw so I was wondering if there is a trick or easy way to accomplish this with a sander or any other method to accomplish this. Thanks for the help in advance.
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You could use a straightedge and a circular saw.

Put the two boards together like you'd want then assembled. Then clamp the straightedge to one of them so that your saw blade falls right on the seam. You'll have to be sure the straightedge is spaced accurately at both ends of the cut. When you cut them the saw will cut a little bit from each board, matching them both from the straightedge.

The edges will match up, then you can glue them together.
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I agree with the above suggestion. Mirror cutting will get you a perfect joint. The few times I had to use this method, I had good results by not moving the straight edge once set.

Fasten the straight edge to one slab and make a cut - you can use a factory edge on good plywood or any number of straight edges, just make sure there isn't a bow created in the middle of the straight edge caused by pressure of you pushing the saw through the cut. If you have to, back up the middle of the straight edge so you don't get a bow in the middle. no reason to push the saw to fast, just let it cut slowly. Butt the other slab against that new cut and cut again. If the joint isn't perfect, slide the slab up against the first slab and cut again.

I had to use this method with a very large timber frame beam saw with a 16" blade when I made a table top that was 5" thick. The 13' joints were perfect, but took some time to do.
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