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#1 posted 03-01-2013 03:21 PM

Thanks for the advice. Descriptions of your personal experiences help a lot!

The #1 issue I have right now, and for the foreseeable future, is having flat stock for panel cabinet doors. I think that could be handled effectively with a 4” benchtop jointer.

My #2 issue – not critical, but on my radar – is making a few interior doors. For these, I’d need a 6” jointer that can handle 6 1/2’ lengths, which would require a bed that’s 4 feet or more.

Beyond that, I’ll probably want – at some point – to do some tabletops and counter tops from joined pieces. That will probably be the point where a 6” jointer will be inadequate. At that point I’m really going have space issues and problems moving it into a basement, and my options would be either to roll up my sleeves and hand plane, or look into the 10” or 12” jointer/planer combos. I’m not sure I should be basing my jointer decisions around work I don’t even have planned, and for a tool I currently have zero experience with, but on the other hand, it’s good to have stuff you can grow into.

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