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Posted on Hand Jointer-plane Vs Power Jointer

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#1 posted 07-26-2011 08:24 PM

I use handheld electric planers for surfacing large boards and slabs sometimes. It
does take quite a lot of skill to do it well – and I’ve surfaced enough rough stock
with simple hand planes (sweaty work) to know what I am doing.

I’d say learn to use hand planes first. Plane use and maintenance are foundation
skills in woodworking. Once you know how to make a board square with planes,
you’ll understand how to do it with power machines better.

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