I am in the art business. I am going to begin printing on wood. I will probably do some on softwood lathes and some on band sawn 2×4s. In either case I need to kiss the wood – remove maybe 1/16”. I do not want the final result to be completely smooth. It can still have some tear. This will be production runs, several thousand feet per month. Maybe 14,000 feet.
Should I buy a sander or a planer. Obviously, I need to feed the material quickly. Labor costs are a killer for me. If you respond, can you also tell me why? As I said, I am completely ignorant on this and would like some understanding as to the thinking. Once I determine what machine, I will have further questions on companies to look at and knife costs or belt costs. But, first I need help on what machine.
Thanks to any and all who respond.