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#1 posted 03-30-2010 02:43 PM

Hi Branum…First, you need to know that a planer will not take a warp out of a board, well, it is possible with the use of a planer sled. Generally, when you pass a piece of wood through a planer the pressure of the roller will force the piece flat to the table at the roller. Once that portion of the board sufficiently clears past the roller it will re-assume the warp…so all you get out the other end is the same warped board…just thinner. What you need, in addition to a planer is a jointer. You use the jointer first to get one side of the board flat, and use that flat side referenced to the planer bed to end up with a flat board with two parallel sides. As I mentioned, this can be done if you build/use a planer sled instead of a jointer (google “planer sled” and I’m sure you will come up with several designs of sleds.
As to a choice of planer, if you expect it to perform at a high level, I’d bypass the purchase of a portable “lunchbox” planer and go to a floor model planer. There are many 15” planers to choose from that are very similar in appearance and features and, depending on where you are (the U.S. ?) I’d seriously give the Grizzly offerings a close look; great bang for the buck I think and excellent customer service. Good luck with your search. Mark

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