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Joining top wood

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by frianbisher, Nov 16, 2012.


  1. frianbisher

    frianbisher

    Dec 28, 2007
    Milwaukee WI
    Hi,

    I just received some nice flamed maple to glue onto the alder body blank I bought and need some ideas. As I expected, the two top pieces won't be able to be joined together without some work. In the past I would just hit them with a belt sander so they will glue up nicely but I don't have one and I don't know anyone who does.

    Any ideas about how I can do this on the cheap? Maybe glue sandpaper to something long and straight and do it by hand? I haven't built anything for a year and I'm a bit rusty and tool-less.

    Thanks
     
  2. curbowkid

    curbowkid Guest

    Jun 27, 2011
    Brooklyn, New York
    If you have a router you could use a straight piece of wood as a fence and srraighten it out
     
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  4. ctmullins

    ctmullins Registered Panther Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    How far off are they? If not too far, fold a piece of coarse grit sandpaper in half and put it in between the pieces - then you can sand them against each other.
     
  5. frianbisher

    frianbisher

    Dec 28, 2007
    Milwaukee WI
    I like this idea....the gap is about 3/32nd so it might take a while though.
     
  6. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    I think I picked up the idea on this forum, but I just did this today. I clamped the two top pieces to a flat piece of sacrificial plywood, and then ran straight down the middle seam with a 1/4" flat bit in a router, and it gave me a perfectly clean and straight matched surface on both sides. Only works if you're willing to lose at least 1/8" of top width...
     
  7. Konquest

    Konquest

    Aug 26, 2003
    Wisconsin
    Match both sides in the bookmatched pattern, and clamp it on a dead flat surface and use a bearing guided bit to trim it flush. Then with the top still clamped after the routing stage, hit it with some sandpaper on a solid backing. While you are doing this, save for a jointer. Owning a jointer and lunchbox planer opens up a whole new world of woodworking...
     



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