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I like to use my Lie-Nielsen #7 to clean up the edges of boards I’m about to edge-join.  This makes the edges square, clean and also allows me to make a sprung joint.  That’s a joint where the boards touch at the ends, but are slightly apart in the center – making a nice tight glue-line.  It’s easy to create with a couple of extra passes with handplane down the center of the boards.

Getting ready to run the Lie-Nielsen #7 down the edges.

Getting ready to run the Lie-Nielsen #7 down the edges.

I clamp the two boards together which gives more surface area to run the handplane and also auto-corrects in case I’m not holding the plane perfectly square to the face.

Using my Lie-Nielsen #7 to joint both boards at once.

Using my Lie-Nielsen #7 to joint both boards at once.

I look for two full-length shavings, one from each board.

Sprung Joints Can Use a Single Clamp!

Sprung Joints Can Use a Single Clamp!

Although a single clamp closes up the glue line nicely – even over 10′ ! – I think I’ll use a couple more during the glue up 😉


Morton is a furniture designer + builder working in Harvard, MA.  He reviews tools for Highland Woodworking on YouTube.  You can also find him on Facebook, Twitter @morton, and his own YouTube channel.

  One Response to “Morton’s Shop: Joint the Edges”

  1. Good post, concise, and great photos.

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