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#1 posted 10-31-2012 05:32 PM

A jointer and a planer kind of go hand-in-hand. You joint a face and an edge. Now you have 2 flat reference surfaces. When you run it through the planer with the jointed face down, it makes the opposite side (the side that’s up) parallel to the jointed face. Then you put the jointed EDGE against the rip fence on your table saw and make the opposite edge parallel to the jointed one.

If you were to simply joint one face and then flip the board over and joint the other, you may have 2 flat faces that are not parallel to each other. They’re just flat. You can EASILY fit a 6 inch jointer (Grizzly G0452P) AND a planer (Dewalt DW734) into a $1000 budget.

An 8 inch jointer is easily doable for $1000 or less but you wouldn’t have much left for a planer. Probably not enough left for a planer.

There’s a method to pushing a board through a jointer. You use push pads, but generally, yeah, you hold it down and push it over the blades until there’s enough past the blades to essentially be pulling it over the blades.

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