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I just got a thickness planer, why didn't i do this sooner?

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08-24-2015 03:44 PM

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I just bought a thickness planer. I only used it on one board over the weekend, but after running one board through it all I could think was “Why didn’t I get this sooner?”. Up until now, I had been hand planing and sanding all my boards including rough cut lumber.

Don’t ge me wrong, I enjoy planing by hand. But there are plenty of times when I just want my to get my lumber milled and be ready to get on with building. So the addition of a planer to the workshop is the money well spent.

If you haven’t got one and you have the space, I highly recommend getting one.


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#1 posted 08-24-2015 03:49 PM

You found what many of us “hybrid” woodworkers find.

Hand tools are great, but sometimes you really want speed. I found I want to spend more time makeing THINGS, and not making flat boards. So that 9 seconds through the planer is more enjoyable than 20 minutes with a hand plane. (to me)

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#2 posted 08-24-2015 03:52 PM

Power tools have always had a place in the shop, even in us old timers places.

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#3 posted 08-24-2015 04:40 PM


Power tools have always had a place in the shop, even in us old timers places.

- Clarkie


You got that right , I am pretty sure that if the guys making furniture in the 1700 and 1800 hundreds had had access to the power tools we have today they would have Jumped all over them. Not to say that using Hand Tools is Bad at all , just slower. A lot of the fine Woodwork is done after the boards are flat.

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#4 posted 08-24-2015 04:49 PM

Totally agree. I use hand tools for a lot of work and love my hand planes, but will not be getting rid of the planer. I can dimension boards by hand, and still do at times, but it is a very time consuming task. The planer allows me to spend more time on the other aspects of woodworking that I enjoy more.

I am pretty sure that if the guys making furniture in the 1700 and 1800 hundreds had had access to the power tools we have today they would have Jumped all over them.

- Richard

They did have access to time saving planers. They were called apprentices :-)

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#5 posted 08-24-2015 05:44 PM


Totally agree. I use hand tools for a lot of work and love my hand planes, but will not be getting rid of the planer. I can dimension boards by hand, and still do at times, but it is a very time consuming task. The planer allows me to spend more time on the other aspects of woodworking that I enjoy more.

I am pretty sure that if the guys making furniture in the 1700 and 1800 hundreds had had access to the power tools we have today they would have Jumped all over them.

- Richard

They did have access to time saving planers. They were called apprentices :-)

- JayT


Yea but the Power Planers don’t take Lunch Breaks.

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#6 posted 08-24-2015 05:51 PM

I had the EXACT SAME thought when I first got mine !

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#7 posted 08-24-2015 06:04 PM

I am pretty sure that if the guys making furniture in the 1700 and 1800 hundreds had had access to the power tools we have today they would have Jumped all over them.

- Richard

They did have access to time saving planers. They were called apprentices :-)

- JayT

Yea but the Power Planers don t take Lunch Breaks.

- Richard

True. At least apprentices sharpened their own blades, though. I’d call it a wash. :-)

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