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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 01:45 PM

For me, it’s a matter of budget dollars – I’m at the point where my 6” is a limitation, but it took me years to get here. Also, it’s a question of woodworking focus. Many woodworkers primarily with plywood or pre-surfaced dimensional lumber – for them, an 8” jointer would be a waste of money.

Where 8”+ becomes important is working with rough hardwoods – my lumber source typically stocks at 6” to 10” pieces, and these need to face-planed prior to thickness dimensioning; also, if you work with narrower boards, it’s helpful to join them, then face-plane once side, prior to thicknessing.

If you have the money and the space, go 8”; if your tight on either one, seriously review the use of the extra (and important) 2”.

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