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#1 posted 12-27-2012 07:02 PM

Ok. Small casework is easy to do with hand planes. Get a #5 and sharpening stuff. While thicknessing large
boards by hand is a drag, flattening boards is not
difficult once you get the hang of it and thicknessing
smaller pieces by hand is not a big deal.

A bench grinder set up with a white friable wheel works
well for hollow-grining plane iron bevels. From there
you can go to a 1000 grit water stone and then
to a polishing stone if you like.

A planer is nice to have but they are more similar
than they are different and there are a lot of decent
used ones available. I wouldn’t buy a new one
personally, especially a benchtop model.

I like Japan style marking gauges. You can make them
yourself easily. A marking knife comes in handy
(flat ground on one side).

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