To make edge joints by hand for gluing multiple boards into wide panels, you have a couple of choices. The first is to plane the edges of the boards meant to be joined straight and square to the reference faces. I talked about how to do this in Episode # 27. If done correctly, this will result in a nice flat panel. If you are more familiar with machine methods for making edge joints, this method will sound familiar to you because it’s the same basic principle used when making the joint on the power jointer. However, when making the joint by hand in relatively thin stock (like around 1″ thick or less), we can take a short cut by match planing the boards, or planing both edges simultaneously. It’s faster, and the edges don’t need to be perfectly square to the faces like they do when using the first method (they do still need to be straight though). It’s still important to know how to square a board’s edge to the face (it’s a basic skill everyone should learn in my opinion), but it’s not necessary to do it in every situation.