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#1 posted 04-16-2013 11:53 PM

Well, James Krenov wrote that when he started out in Sweden,
after attending joinery school, all he had was a band saw,
jointer, bench and hand tools. He said he worked very hard
during that time.

You can learn to flatten and thickness boards by hand on the
bench. It is great exercise and you really learn about bench
planes doing it. It is not so awfully slow either. You can
make a router jig for straightening and squaring board edges
or learn how to do it with a bench plane.

A band saw is very nice to have for furniture making. For
me if I were starting out on a budget but knowing what
I know now, it would be the first machine to acquire,
then a portable planer, then a jointer.

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