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Posted on Hand Jointer-plane Vs Power Jointer

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#1 posted 07-26-2011 08:22 PM

With a hand plane jointer the sole rides on top of the work and with the blade slightly advanced it will catch the higher spots of the board. As you start to knock down the higher spots the shavings will get longer. Once you are table to take a shaving from start to finish of the cut then you should have a flat board if all was done correctly.

My advice to you would be to get both a bench top jointer and a hand plane jointer. Jointing a board with a hand plane will take some practice and could take a while before you have it down. You could start with the bench top power jointer and after you square the board on there you can then hit it with the hand plane to clean up the cut.

You may get poor results with a hand plane when you start off and a lot of times thats what turns guys away from using them. If you take the time to learn and develop the skill then there is a great deal of joy in using a massive 24in jointer plane.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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