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#1 posted 10-31-2012 11:12 PM

Mark…if you intend to go even small time commercial and have access to rough sawn lumber, your planer will not gather dust other than saw dust.

Do some math on your projected volume and figure out whether you mill your own stock or buy S4S (a huge premium on the latter but part of that is due to the milling disclosing the hidden flaws that render a board useless plus it has to be treated more carefully as it moves through the distribution chain). If you have enough volume then mill your own but plan on spending some money (initial cost plus periodic knife changes and other maintenance).

A third option is buying rough stock and having it custom milled for you by somebody that has the equipment (cabinet shops that won’t see you as a threat e.g.)

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