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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 03:01 PM

I’m pretty much stuck buying S2S from my local dealer (they don’t carry rough stock), but even at that I have to re-flatten the faces, which is a real bummer since I loose even more thickness. I’m usually lucky to end up with 0.7” out of 4/4 stock. So, even if your buying S4S, it helps your projects a lot to be able to really flatten and square up stock.

I would agree planer first. One thing to think about first is how much you like working with hand tools. If you’re into it, and think you may prefer hand planing, you might be able to pass on the jointer. But hand planing to thickness is a lot of extra time and effort, and I think well worth the cost of the planer.

-- John

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