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Gluing boards that aren't face planed

Im starting one of my first projects. I'm "attempting" to make a rustic coffee table. I'm planning to edge glue 5 boards for the top. I am using pine from Home Depot. Using that since I already had them and I didn't want to spend extra money. The edges are planed but not the faces. Will this effect the edge gluing at all?
My plan is to sand down the top to make it a little more flat after they are glued. Let me know if thats a dumb idea.

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Short answer: yes
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Non-satirical long answer: The best joint with wood glue relies on the 2 piece being joined fitting together with a minimum of space between them. This means a smooth, flat surface, straight surface which isnt very likely to be on HD grade boards, either the edge or the face. You might be able to get them secured together, but its really a tossup of how well itll go for you

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Thats what I was fearing. I made the edges pretty straight and flat with my table saw by using a jig I saw on youtube However, I don't have a jointer or planer so I don't think I'll be able to get the faces planed. I'm going to glue them up and see what happens in the morning. If it doesn't work, looks like I'll be making a trip to a local saw mill lol.
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As long as the edges are straight and square to the faces, you should have no issues. Gluing them together will require moderate claping pressure, so I hope you have some long clamps OR can work with them in pairs until the final assembly.

Your biggest concern is to get them as level across as possible to reduce the amount of "corrective" sanding OR planing afterward.
Planing the faces has little if anything to do with planing and straightening the edges.

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As WOODNTHINGS says you should have no problem. The condition of the face has no bearing on the joint.

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Im starting one of my first projects. I'm "attempting" to make a rustic coffee table. I'm planning to edge glue 5 boards for the top. I am using pine from Home Depot. Using that since I already had them and I didn't want to spend extra money. The edges are planed but not the faces. Will this effect the edge gluing at all?
My plan is to sand down the top to make it a little more flat after they are glued. Let me know if thats a dumb idea.

Thanks for any help!
Depends. I've never bought wood anywhere the edges were straight enough and square enough to just glue together without jointing first. If the boards you have will dry fit without gaps between and the corners aren't rounded over then you could glue them together.
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Even if the edges are straight and glued up, if the tops are not flat you will have issues with "rocking". When you attach the top it will pull the frame and the legs will not be level. Trust me I've been there.
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I glue up lots of table saw rips with no problems. The surfaces are another issue altogether though. Hope you have a nice sharp and adjusted hand plane and a fresh box of Wheaties. If you get lucky you might find a decent planer on craigslist for cheap. I got mine (a Ridgid) cheap from a guy who was probably selling stolen merchandise, but I didn't inquire from the bunko squad first so I don't really know..I only know it was cheap and works great.
Also something that can make life easier is to rip all 4 sides of 2x material. In other words rip pieces about a little under 1.5 inches then flip the inch and a half squares and shave off the imperfections then glue them up. I've done this a lot..

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