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knotscott

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#1 posted 572 days ago

They have some overlap but also distinctly different capabilities. It’s best to use both in tandem. The jointer is step one in flattening a reference face... everything else stems from that. The planer’s job is to make the opposite face parallel to the reference face at a uniform thickness, and it needs that reference face created by the jointer to do it.

If you can only get one to start with, I’d start with the planer, because with the help of a planer sled, the planer can be coaxed into creating a flat reference face. Then you can substitute a TS or router to do edge jointing. Inversely, it’s very difficult to get a jointer to do the primary tasks of a planer.

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