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#1 posted 04-17-2013 12:10 AM

Get a good used band saw and a Ryobi planer. Probably will have less than $400 in both.
Ryobi invented the”lunch box planer” in case you are wondering why I specified that brand.
They make the motor and cutter assembly for most of the other, higher profile (read expensive) brands.

You can joint on a table saw or with a router, or of course with a jointer hand plane.
You can even joint on a planer by using a sled, but to me that is more hoops than I want to jump through to avoid using a hand plane.

But, over all, I’ll agree with others here and recommend the band saw first.

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