Using a Level as a Jointer? Woodworking Tips and Tricks #Shorts
Using a Level as a Jointer? Woodworking Tips and Tricks #Shorts
I’ve jointed boards without a jointer for years just using a table saw and a level. Let me show you how! #shorts Amazon and other affiliate links are used in this description and they help support this channel.
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Yes i used your trick. It worked. Thank you Matt
Or you can just use the fence, which is already fitted to the saw and just as straight as the level. DOH
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Damn still s.o.l.I need a fkn table saw
Thanks you, very good info
Short and sweet advice! Another tip with this method is to put the bowed side towards the blade and not against the level, otherwise it will have a tendency to keep the bow as you pass the wood through the blade.
I tried it, and it worked great.
Currently in the process of Trying it for a side board top Getting there
Haven’t tried it yet but this is the second time I’ve watched the video. I only have one shot to get it right and not ruin the log. It’s really straight so I think I can accomplish it with this method. Thanks for helping out, great tip!!!
Great tip! Thanks!
I’ve done this and even if it’s not perfectly “jointed” you still get way better of an edge than otherwise without a jointer. Definitely a sweet tip!
Yep it works 👍
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I don’t understand. Isn’t the fence a straight and true reference? You’re referencing the level which is still referencing the fence.
that’s pretty dangerous and you’re asking for a kickback. learn how to tune and use a hand plane if you don’t have a jointer
Used this for cutting a post in half to go against a wall. The post had two points of contact, but the rest of the post was round. Worked like a charm.
If your fence is parallel to the blade and you put another thing that is between the fence that has 2 parallel sides how does this change anything?
I tried it after I watched you doing it, it worked perfect.
I tried this, and I modified it at one end of the level drill to holes with threads and bolt down a flat piece of flat stock that comes out of the level about a quarter of an inch.
I’m missing the concept of why the level is needed? Is the fence not good (i.e. flat, parallel? I have a three piece fence whereas the sides are made of a durable plastic material. I use a .001" indicator to ensure the fence is true to the table saw miter slot and can generally keep it within ± .002 inches. Should the plastic wear they can be flipped, reversed and/or replaced.
When processing sawmill hardwood I plane top and bottom on the planner then I use a 8′ Jig that clamps the board in place and I run that through the saw to get a true straight edge. I use a professional saw blade with a .125 kerf (Ridge Carbide, CMT) so the rip cut is always smooth and defect free (no blade chatter, no burn, no blade marks).
Works but make sure you have a semi to very flat top and bottom. Can mess with perpendicularity. Rough sawn can be done this way but requires more cuts and limited by blade size.
I don’t see a difference between using the fence and the level?
Works great thanks Matt..you just saved me a ton of.money..
Great tip thanks dude
I’ve done this before, but you’ve got to make sure the piece of wood doesn’t rock against the level. If it does, you still might not get a strait cut.
My level often falls into the mitre slots. Very annoying😢
I have a jointer but I still generally do this method, poor jointer isn’t collecting any dust but regular dust
I’ve been doing this with my 6’ level and can confidently joint 8’ tubasixes all day. Been doing it since I saw your first video a while back and already had the level so worked great and was able to make a large desk table top for the mrs. as a COVID lockdown project.
im a carpenter but it took me a minute to figure out what the difference between using the fence and the level was. i can do this to straighten a crooked board also.
I can’t figure out why you need to do this if your fence is straight and parallel to the blade? Wish someone could explain this.
Thank you for saving me $800. Great content!
This only works if the board is shorter than the level and contacts it in a way that can’t move or rock. (Crown toward the blade). Otherwise build a jointing jig – it’s cheaper than a level and much safer and more accurate.
Tried it out last night it was a night and day difference thank you!
Yes I have tried it and it works great.
Great tip!!! Wow, so simple… Ironically I just bought a joiner. Lol
Huh, I never thought of this method, I have a jointer jig but this would be much quicker
Track saws are worth the money. They make jointing wood way better.
When you use a level as the gimuide, make sure you put the cup side on the side of the level. That way, 2 points make a stable reference. If you use the other side, it will not work.
I have a jointer. But use this method most often.
Mind blown…. I use an already straight board with the curfe already in it. It works, but this tip will be used very soon.
I bought a 72” level for this exact purpose and use it all the time 🙂
Thank you for this tip. My Wife thanks you too that I don’t have to go a purchase a beautiful jointer lol
I see Matt posts a video, I click like, and then I watch 🙂
ok…i think i understand. If the board is short, as in short enough to fully be in contact with the fence when in contact with the blade during the cut, the trick is not needed. But if the board overhangs the fence at any time it is in contact with the blade, you will need the trick. A few of the example boards in the video were short and probably didn’t need the level trick.
You could also possibly drill a handful of small holes in the inner edge of the level to fix the board to the level with some tiny screws for that 1st pass. This is a good trick.