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Posted on At what point do I bite the bullet and buy a jointer and planer?

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#1 posted 01-09-2012 02:57 PM

I got lucky. When I first started out I got an amazing deal on a barely used jointer and planer. I couldn’t live without them.

Anyone who wants to do serious woodworking MUST have them both. Even store bought boards aren’t perfectly flat. And you pay a big premium for it over what it costs to buy rough stock. And consider the fact that those machines open up an entire new source of great wood you couldn’t use before, like splitting up firewood and milling it yourself to make small boards, etc.

Like has been mentioned above, a planer can do some flattening if you make a sled for it, but it is a real pain to do that. However a planer will do BOTH sides of the board, while a jointer will only do ONE side, so if you have to buy only one right now, buy the planer. But get a jointer as soon as you can. And don’t get a small bench top one, they are useless for all but edge jointing. Get a 6” model (larger ones like 8-12” are a LOT more expensive).

Of course, if you only do a modest amount of woodworking, you can also get buy with a good jointing plane. You can even start out with an antique wooden one for less than $40.

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