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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 04:41 PM

Find a lunch box planer on CL. It will change your woodworking life.

The jointer is a great tool, but the planer is a necessity. I may be more lucky, or my local sources may just be great, but all the rough lumber I’ve gotten lately went through the planer just fine, no sled needed, and I was able to table saw the edge easily. I have a 6” jointer, and I use it when the wood is just too warped to slide through the planer, or the edge is just too wavy to run against the TS fence, but I haven’t needed to do that for a while.

For the planer Makita, Rigid, Delta, Dewalt are all fine. My Rigid cost me $200.

I do think the bench top jointers aren’t worth it. Get a substantial tool. 8” is really more expensive than 6”. Again, used on CL is your best bet. It’s not too hard to find any problems before you buy. Bring a straightedge and a really good square, make sure the tables are flat, the fence is square, and run some wood through it. Listen for bad noises, make sure all the adjustments work, etc. Lots of info on this here, search for it. I got a nice 6” Jet for $225.

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