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Forum topic by NewDog posted 10-06-2011 09:43 PM 929 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2011 09:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer jointer question

I can’t afford a jointer and or planer right now. What is the best method to get my wood square without those 2 tools? Thanks in advance.

-- Sharla, Virginia Beach

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#1 posted 10-06-2011 09:47 PM

You could use hand planes which you can get cheap if you buy the old ones. However you would have to learn to tune them up and use them. Might take a while but would be very rewarding…

You can square up the edges of a board using a router or table saw with a jig. As far as the faces of the board you would pretty much have to use a hand plane, power sander or maybe a router would work with a jig.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#2 posted 10-06-2011 10:03 PM

See this month’s issue of FWW, there is a jig for flattening very large slabs which you could scale down.

Will generate a lot of dust through.

My local lumberyard will surface boards. You usually need to buy 45 bdf to make the milling fees economical.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 10-06-2011 10:18 PM

If you’re buying rough lumber, it might be easiest to just ask for S3S, my lumber yard doesn’t charge a lot for this service.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#4 posted 10-06-2011 11:22 PM

Dan is not only right on, but once you learn to joint with a hand plane, you’ll use it even after you buy a jointer. I still use my planer a lot, but the only time a use the jointer is if a piece is really out of wack, or I have a boat load to do.

I can fit board for gluing better with a hand plane than a jointer, and the story goes, its a stronger joint.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 10-07-2011 05:04 AM

Thanks for all of the great comments and advice. I have a couple of old planes that I am trying to get tuned. I may go that route. I will also check into the local lumber yard and see what they offer.
Thanks again.

-- Sharla, Virginia Beach

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