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04-16-2010 03:10 AM

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I just recently purchased both a jointer and a planer and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for first projects to get acquainted with the tools?

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#1 posted 04-16-2010 03:15 AM

anything just get wood that’s rough and go to town making something. if you wood that’s surfaced you can still plane it to thickness and make shure the edges are all square by jointing one face then one edge then the opsite face you run through the planer and the last edge cut square at the tablesaw. GOOD LUCK!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 04-16-2010 03:21 AM

Yep, Ike said it all. Pick a project and buy rough cut lumber and it will give you plenty of practice. Have fun!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 04-16-2010 04:02 AM

yeah, i think pretty much anything short of turning should work for you there!

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#4 posted 04-16-2010 04:09 AM

The first thing to remember is that you can not square up a board any wider than your jointer. A thickness plainer will make bent lumber smooth, but it will still have the warp and bend to it. Cut your rough lumber to a width that you can work on your jointer before you start. It is also a good idea to cut long boards with a bend in them into shorter peices. If you ttr to flatten a long bent board it will be too thin to use, and you will spend a lot of time and electricity just making saw shavings. It is such a great pleasure to square up a piece of rough lumber and discover the hidden beauty. Have fun, Work safe.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#5 posted 04-16-2010 04:23 AM

If I were in your shoes.. I would make some swanky boxes out of light dark wood that I could find in 8/4 or larger. True up the edge, resaw to a hair above 1/2 or 3/8 and then plane. The challenging being just how much can you salvage out of the rough lumber. Then sit back and think about how much I would have saved by doing the work vs buying S4S lumber.

-- Motivation alone is not enough. If you have an idiot and you motivate him, now you have a motivated idiot.

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#6 posted 04-16-2010 08:27 AM

to me the jointer and planers are a perfect match for any project that I want to come out right. Just being able to use flat, straight wood that is exactly the thickness I need, and consistent in that thickness is plenty of justification for having those machines. All of my joinery skills jumped markedly after getting (and learning to use) my jointer and planer simply because I was not fighting inconsistencies in the wood I was using.

Pick any project you like to build, take your time preparing the wood and yo will notice the difference. Building true, square projects with good joinery is just easier.

-- Tom Hintz,

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#7 posted 04-16-2010 03:52 PM

Bring ‘em to my shop. I’ve got a stack of rough cut persimmon that you can practice on.


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#8 posted 04-16-2010 04:02 PM

good info, I too recently got a jointer and planer, so I will be doing some fun squaring.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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