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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 04:29 PM

Sadly, you really need both. Or neither. You can certainly flatten and thickness boards with a router and a jig, And, you can edge joint boards with a router. Or you can go old-school and use handplanes (although a set of planes will cost a pretty penny and there’s a steep learning curve). But life is so much simpler when you have both a jointer and planer.

I have a 6” jointer. I face join rough stock then use it to put one square edge on it. Then it’s off to the planer to make both faces parallel.

The sad thing about this is that you really need a bandsaw that can resaw at least a 6” wide board to make it all pay off.

And that’s the thing. There’s a synergy from having more than one tool. That synergy reaches maximum when you have the trifecta of tools.

And then there’s the really expensive part, a workable space in which to efficiently use these tools. Woodworking is an expensive hobby.

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