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Forum topic by gragian posted 02-23-2012 04:29 PM 832 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2012 04:29 PM

So the (mostly) general consensus to my previous topic/question seemed to be that a jointer would be the best tool to add to my collection. However, I have a few questions I wanted to get everyone’s opinion on:

1. It seems like everyone recommends a 8” version if I can afford it; how often do you all joint boards wider than 6”?

2. There seems to be mixed feelings on spiralhead cutters – some think them a great investment and others think them to be a waste of money. If I’m getting things correctly, the advantages are durability, cut quality, and noise level… correct?

3. It was suggested to me to think about jointer/planer combination machines. While you gain jointer capacity, you lose (some) planer capacity and infeed/outfeed table size. What’s the greater tradeoff?

4. It seems like you can reasonably manage the functions of a jointer by creating sleds for the planer and table saw to mimic the face and edge jointing capabilities of the jointer. What are everyone’s thoughts on that solution?

I appreciate everyone’s time and opinion on these items.

Thanks much!

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#1 posted 02-23-2012 07:10 PM

A jointer is used in 2 ways. But for the same purpose, to flatten a board.
1. You can edge join a board and make a narrow edge flat so you can get the oppisite edge “coplaner” using another tool such as a table saw. This gives you 2 narrow edges that are parrallel.
2. You can face surface a board (this is where having bigger is better). Once you get one face surfaced smooth and flat you feed it through a planner to get the oppisite side parallel.
This method is what most people do to get their wood square. And you can imagine trying to flatten a board 10” wide board on a 6” jointer is tough.

Spiral Vs knives is depending on your pocket depths.

To answer question 4, How much time are you going to spend creating these devices to mimic a tool that costs you how much if you get it used? What is your time worth?

Everything with this hobby, craft, proffesion costs money, each item costs more the bigger it gets. It all is really up to you. If you got deep pockets get a New 10” jointer with Helical head and a 20” planner. If not get what you can afford and make that tool do what you need it to do. There are very creative ways to work around everything.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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