How to Edge Joint the Lid

In this part of the project, we begin construction of the lid by edge jointing three components together in order to create something that looks great and more importantly, is stable. Because there's no point making something look good if its going to twist and warp all over the place!

This lessons objectives:

  • How to orient timber for aesthetics
  • How to orient timber for stability
  • How to edge joint components
  • How to produce a spring joint

We will cover topics such as how to flatten and square an edge using a cambered plane blade. I will also show you how to predict how and why the timber is likely to distort and how to account for it when selecting your pieces. And most importantly, I will share the reasoning and technique behind producing a spring joint in order to create long lasting edge joints that don't open up over time.

Supporting Material

Click the images below to see supporting material helping you with this part of the project.

How To Sharpen a Plane Blade

You really do not want to be getting tearout at this stage of the project, so using a sharp blade at this stage is incredibly important! If you need a reminder on how to sharpen a plane blade, including producing a cambered edge, this lesson will help!

How To Setup a Plane

There's no point in having a sharp blade when your plane is setup to produce thick veneers! It's important to take off small amounts at this stage to both prevent tearout and be precise with our material removal. This lesson shows you how to do that.

How To Use a Plane

This is another one of those topics that people feel there isn't much to learn. However once you break down the process of chiselling into subjects such as viewing angles, power transfer and chisel geometry, you open up a whole new can of worms. This is well worth viewing.

Have you got the plans yet?

Package includes working drawings, a cutting list, and a 3d SketchUp model!

The Student Series

Want to see another beginner make this project before you? It's a great way to scope out any mistakes before you make one yourself!

Diagnosing and removing bumps in edge joints – 1:25

How to read grain direction – 3:15

How to flatten lid and prevent bowing from clamping pressure – 5:22

Overview – 8:18

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