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Posted on Thickness Planer or Joiner?

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#1 posted 12-30-2012 10:09 AM

They are fundamentally different machines. On a jointer for instance, the infeed table is set slightly lower than the outfeed table. While a jointer is a one trick pony, making rough lumber flat is a pretty good trick.
A thickness planer is great for reducing stock to finish thickness, and even cleaning up the edges of lumber. However, if you put a warped / twisted / bowed board into a thickness planer it will only make it a thinner warped board. “In like a banana, out like a banana.”

A planer also cannot make stock square, which a jointer excells at.
To further complicate things…In Europe, a jointer is called a planer. But hey, those guys have been woodworking longer than Americans so maybe we have it wrong.

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