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Posted on Does everyone who has a 6" jointer wish it were an 8"?

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#1 posted 02-20-2014 06:07 AM

Your shop teacher is not totally correct, not everything needs to be ripped and re-glued.
There are many beautiful pieces made of wide boards.
First it has to be stable, second you need to plan for change of seasons.

In answer to your question, I have a 6” and yes I wish I had a 12 ”..
But I am very good with a plane, so I do my wide boards that I wish to keep wide with handplanes.
Sometimes it’s laborious, mostly it’s not. It depends on how hard the wood is to work.

I think when I am having a tough time that the 12” will be too. Because it’s the wood.
If you plan on using wide boards, get a scrub plane, a jack, and a fore plane. Of course you already have a smoother.

I got most of mine used..

-- Jeff NJ

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