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#1 posted 11-07-2012 12:15 AM

_”...Horizontal – I need to take about 3/4 inch off both sides. If I rip a stile with a circular saw, say, by hand, and I get the side out of square with rails, how would I be able to get the stile back into square with the rail? My guess would be a hand plane would be more effective than a power jointer (I have a 6” powermatic) because I could check for square as I go. What do you think?...”

Yes, but not always. It is possible that a power jointer could correct this (how close are you paying attention?). And a hand plane jointer surely could (but again HOW CLOSE are you paying attention?). Your power of observation is important here, do not overlook that aspect. Final fitting is about finesse, and yes, you could screw up. Pay attention. Either method can result in excellent results. What ever you are comfortable with.

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