I recently built a computer desk with A 4/4 black walnut top. I don’t own a jointer/planer so I got the wood milled to S4S by my local supplier. Prior to the glue up I noticed minute/slight gaps, so I built a jointing jig with clamps/plywood. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get a perfectly true edge. No matter how careful I was running my boards through my table saw, I had very slight undulations (maybe due to my blade/pressure). Part of the problem is may be my blade (Diablo 40t ripping blade). When stacking the panels, I could Still see light coming through, maybe 1/64” or less, but after gluing and clamping the gaps weren’t too noticeable after sanding/finishing. The next project is an 8/4 black walnut dining table with similar gaps. My guess is that I won’t be able to use clamping pressure on 8/4 to mask the slight gaps and I’m afraid the seams will be readily apparent. No matter what I do, I can’t seem to get the jointed edges perfectly mated. If my jig and/or saw is the problem, I’m looking for other options to square the edge. Aside from purchasing a jointer, what are my options? Should I try a hand plane? Will glue/expanding wood/sanding take care of the problem or am i expecting too much perfection without the right tools? Is there another method I’m missing? This is only my second time for a glue up so I’m at a loss as to what to do without going with a jointer. I don’t yet build regularly enough to justify a purchase like a jointer.
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