NO JIGS! -Turn a table saw into a jointer to straighten boards!

NO JIGS! -Turn a table saw into a jointer to straighten boards!

How to straighten an edge on a jobsite with just a table saw and a scrap of plywood.
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50 Comments

  1. Steven Williams on December 8, 2022 at 12:26 am

    Why not simply use the rip fence?



  2. David Rosario on December 8, 2022 at 12:26 am

    Ahh $40 over 6 months ago lol



  3. Gary Conover on December 8, 2022 at 12:27 am

    Great trick!!!!



  4. Sarah Cash on December 8, 2022 at 12:31 am

    Sadly the system is sold out 🙁



  5. Lloyd Poole on December 8, 2022 at 12:32 am

    Thanks Stumpy made this item with a few mods work like a treat.
    Regards LLoyd from Australia.



  6. Perry Bailey on December 8, 2022 at 12:32 am

    What an awesome tip. I don’t have a jointer, and even if I could afford one, I don’t have the room for it in my little cubby… Saved this tip, and will DEFINITELY be putting it into practice when I go to glue boards together in the future.



  7. Howard Choy on December 8, 2022 at 12:33 am

    This is absolutely brilliant! But now I feel like I’ve wasted money on a jointer.



  8. vasyapupken on December 8, 2022 at 12:33 am

    how to straighten the edge if you don’t have a jig ?
    – easy. just make a jig for it.



  9. ic3p1k on December 8, 2022 at 12:39 am

    THANK YOU for this video! Great method.



  10. Ivar Husa on December 8, 2022 at 12:39 am

    I prefer extending my rip fence with an 8′ framer’s level. This make it easier to get bow under control with less loss of wood. One can reduce the net effect of wood movement from each rip cut in cranky woods by taking light cuts, alternating sides. The end product can easily be utterly straight. (YMMV with cranky woods) Aligning the blade to the table saw slots pays dividends here. Stumpy just told us why, in another recent video.



  11. Rickswizzle on December 8, 2022 at 12:39 am

    Every time I watch your videos I can’t stop wondering how you have accumulated so many tools behind you.
    You’re at level 99 and I’m at maybe level 10



  12. lawrence burchett on December 8, 2022 at 12:41 am

    Good trick



  13. Halloween111 on December 8, 2022 at 12:41 am

    This is so brilliantly simple, I’m in awe. Genius!



  14. Gavin Abercrombie on December 8, 2022 at 12:44 am

    Very clever for those of us without jointers. Thank you for showing how it’s done. I just used this technique on some 8′ lumber that had developed crooks and was very impressed. Thank you again.



  15. Ken B on December 8, 2022 at 12:44 am

    Great idea and video



  16. Blah dI Blah on December 8, 2022 at 12:47 am

    I’ve been trying all kinds of methods to joint boards without a jointer, and so far this is the best way I’ve found but it’s still far from being ideal there are some caveats.
    Firstly the end result is going to really depend on a) the quality of your saw and saw blade and b) the setup. The blade really needs to be at 90 degrees, you need a well adjusted fence. Anything less than almost perfect and you’re not going to get good results. I suspect too if you’re using softwood you should up the teeth on your sawblade rather than using a general purpose rough cut blade. Next caveat is for narrow planks it can get kind of dangerous, even with a gripper. Don’t take any chances, make your own push block specifically for this operation, ideally something with a non slip rubber where it contacts the piece. Keep your hands well out of reach. And if you’re jointing taller stock, ideally make the plywood piece higher. You could do this by using 2 or 3 pieces of plywood and having some solid wood blocks inbetween. This way you increase the height of the jig without using up all your plywood. Last caveat is that ideally you want the entire work piece contacting with the fake fence piece for the duration of the cut.



  17. everchangingworld11 on December 8, 2022 at 12:47 am

    I tried this method but it didn’t work for me. Likely due to user error as I’m still new to woodworking, but I’ll be going the jig route moving forward. Much faster to do one single cut with a jig than multiple passes using this method.



  18. top lel on December 8, 2022 at 12:48 am

    Damn this was helpful i was about to pull the trigger on an expensive router table 😭



  19. Hugo Garza on December 8, 2022 at 12:51 am

    Thank you Stumpy you saved my bacon. I had a cheap table saw that cut my boards all crooked and once I upgraded the saw I had to fix those boards and this jig did the trick and was so much simpler than the jointer sleds I’ve seen in other videos.



  20. HydraSR on December 8, 2022 at 12:53 am

    Wow, thank you for showing this jig which doesn’t require a jig 🙂
    Anyway, good video.



  21. Adam Ulias on December 8, 2022 at 12:53 am

    WHAAAAT?!?!? Just when you think the Stumpster can’t bring you any other brilliant suggestions that are beyond cost effective… he gives us this!! 😃👍



  22. Steve Bye on December 8, 2022 at 12:56 am

    Great tip. If you haven’t already, could you please do a video on diamond stone maintenance/cleaning. Thanks.



  23. Craig Shrimpton on December 8, 2022 at 12:57 am

    The way he explains it makes it clear and obvious on how each step affects the work. I think it will be cheaper for me to buy some ply before I think about getting a jointer.



  24. BPSlick on December 8, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Good, but if I do live edge, a jig just seems worth it.



  25. David on December 8, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Thanks for the advice! It has worked great and I wish I had seen this video before. It is a time saver!!



  26. Thomas Brovarone on December 8, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Just subscribed to your channel. This advice on jointing is timely and EXTREMELY helpful. I have 10 red cedar boards to mill and no jointer in my shop to do it. Thanks 😀



  27. P F on December 8, 2022 at 1:00 am

    Thank You. I don’t have the funds for these high dollars machines. I knew there was a way.



  28. SomeDudeOnline on December 8, 2022 at 1:01 am

    So, I just set this up and had some issues. I think it might be my saw. My tablesaw is a skilsaw spt99-11 and I noticed that the blade wobbles… Anyone know if that’s just a bad blade or if there’s something wrong with the saw?



  29. Mike Z on December 8, 2022 at 1:01 am

    I love this but have two questions.
    1. What is the difference between doing this and just using your fence to get a clean board?
    2. What kind of plywood would he recommend or at least what thickness?



  30. Ping Photo on December 8, 2022 at 1:02 am

    Well… This magic board is actually a jig 😀
    But thats a really easy one to build with a brilliantly minimalist design ! Thanks for sharing.



  31. detroitgator1 on December 8, 2022 at 1:04 am

    Where are you located? You always have the Red Wing mug and figure you are in Detroit area.



  32. b0nn3r on December 8, 2022 at 1:04 am

    Hey, thanks for all your videos. Anytime you cover a topic, I consider it to be the authority on it. And the discount codes are always a nice touch.



  33. Joel Tower on December 8, 2022 at 1:05 am

    That’s new to me but makes so much sense! So cool



  34. Stumpy Nubs on December 8, 2022 at 1:05 am

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  35. nero on December 8, 2022 at 1:05 am

    How reusable is this jig? I want to build one this weekend..



  36. keith W on December 8, 2022 at 1:05 am

    All well and good, but your fence needs to be the length of the piece you wish to straighten, you need full contact with the straight edge before the piece touches the blade. So if you want to straighten longer lengths you either need a really long fence or use a track saw. This is still an excellent technique, thank you.



  37. Andrew Faulding on December 8, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Brilliant!



  38. Mark Murdocca on December 8, 2022 at 1:09 am

    Great idea! I love my benchtop jointer but this looks like a better solution for longer pieces of wood, or if you have a major jointing problem. By the way, probably want to remind viewers to make sure their table saw blade is set to a perfect 90 degrees.



  39. Luciano Panepucci on December 8, 2022 at 1:09 am

    I knew you would have a way to join with the saw. I just did not imagine it would be this awesome! You’ve essentially transformed the saw in a jointer. I can’t wait to try it out. Thank you! What about fixing a twisted board on a saw?? Is there a magic for that up your sleeve??



  40. Jorj on December 8, 2022 at 1:12 am

    WONDERFUL



  41. Stanley Pearse on December 8, 2022 at 1:12 am

    WOW!!! Awesome edge jointing tip!



  42. jfbenven on December 8, 2022 at 1:13 am

    Hello why do you cut the broadness of the sawblade from the plywood?



  43. David Dite on December 8, 2022 at 1:13 am

    Complete noob here, but couldn’t you just run your board through against the fence a few times on each side, taking off just a little bit each time?

    Im not a furniture builder, & my skills are…how shall we say…limited. so im just wondering.



  44. Wolfman on December 8, 2022 at 1:14 am

    Thanks for the info!!!!! 👍😎



  45. makeyourfaith on December 8, 2022 at 1:15 am

    man this is epic! I didn’t want to take the time to make a jig. And there it is, you have the perfect answer!



  46. Matthew on December 8, 2022 at 1:15 am

    Wow what that’s a nifty little trick!



  47. Larry Bloom on December 8, 2022 at 1:18 am

    This is good, but how is this better than, for example, double-sided taping the board to the plywood (appropriate spacing, of course) and running them thru the saw? The downside of yours is both stowing the board (it is, after all, now a jig!) and later needing to re-set the fence precisely. The downside of mine is it is less-than-useful for long boards…but it does it in one cut and you know precisely where it is going to trim.



  48. Tom Patrick on December 8, 2022 at 1:19 am

    Very nice method. Well explained. I am finishing up a 54×54 black walnut pedestal table this weekend and have used this method for the table top boards. Easy and effective! Thank you.



  49. SefaDrums on December 8, 2022 at 1:20 am

    Awesome tip! Thanks so much for sharing and saving me money! 👍🏼



  50. Todd Clare on December 8, 2022 at 1:24 am

    When you flipped the board I actually said “shut up!!” out loud to the video. Fantastic idea