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Posted on Dimensioning Rough Lumber

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#1 posted 10-14-2011 11:47 PM

I stay a combination guy – it still is just a hobby, but I enjoy flattening rough lumber about as much as hand sanding a set of ballusters for a staircase.
My time between work and family is limited so when I have shop time I like to make things (tables, chairs, toys boxes etc) not boards.

I personally wouldn’t enjoy just hacking off a 2 foot board and go to town with a hand plane to make a smooth 1X12 that find it relaxing.
Dealing with wide stock becomes a different story because there isn’t a real choice for the home hobbiest – either do it by hand or rent some time at a cabinet shop with their planer or thickness sander.
I only have a 6 inch jointer, but built a sled for my planer (13 inch) so a super expensive 12 or 24 inch jointer is simply not needed. And I have yet to wish I had a wider planer.

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