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Recently, I found myself on a job site with several crooked boards for a job that required boards with ruler-straight edges.
Unfortunately, I didn't have a jointer, so I had to devise another way to straighten the stock.
As shown in the accompanying drawing, I created a jig and used my table saw and 6-foot level to get the job done.
Here’s how I did it:
I fashioned a couple of wooden blocks to fit into the level’s finger holes.
As shown in the illustration, I shaped the tops of the blocks to fit snugly into the finger holes — locking the blocks in place.
I then put a brad through each block to pin the level to the stock.
To use this setup, I placed the level atop the crooked piece of stock so that the level overhangs the concave edge.
With the level bearing against the saw’s fence, I trimmed the exposed, crooked edge of the wood.
Once that edge was trimmed and straight, I easily trimmed the opposite edge, as needed.
— John H. Card Liberty Center, Ohio
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