I have seen many videos and articles on how to flatten and to square boards without a jointer. However, these methods always require tedious jig building. I wanted to find a way to do it without spending time building a jig.  The solution I use is incredibly simple and have probably been done before, but I have not seen it yet.

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In this video, I am turning a piece of firewood into small boards in no time. The only thing you need is a table saw and a straight board. (If you have a bandsaw you can do a cut first to make it easier to attach rough wood/timber to the board.).

Remember that there are screws in the wood which you don’t want to hit with the table saw so be careful. If you are using thick stock, I recommend that you do several passes. Your guide board must be straight; it should also be thick and wide for best possible safety.

In the video, I am squaring up a piece of firewood to illustrate that you can use this technique no matter how rough your stock is. You can also straighten 2×4’s or warped boards using the same method.

For boards that need to be straight I simply hot glue them to the guide board since the already are relatively flat. To loosen the hot glue, you can dab a couple of drops isopropyl alcohol on the glue points.