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#1 posted 10-06-2012 01:31 PM

If you don’t already have one, a good blade for your TS is important. Good blades start at about $30 if you’re selective.

A jointer and planer for dimensioning lumber to precise dimensions is a pretty sweet addition if you use lumber, as opposed to sheet goods. Flat, square, straight boards make for predictable joinery. The jointer flattens a reference face and squares a reference edge 90° to that face….everything else builds from those reference points. The planer gives consistent thickness, and makes one face parallel to the other….if the planer is fed a flat reference face (usually the bottom face), the top will also be flat, but it’s worth noting that the planer doesn’t really flatten boards without help. The two tools work best in tandem, but if I could only buy one to start, I’d get the planer…because with the help of a jig called a planer sled that provides the flat reference face, you can coax the planer into doing one of the jobs a jointer does – flattening a face (aka face jointing). Then you can edge joint with a router or TS.

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