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Forum topic by synecdoche posted 08-15-2012 01:21 AM 871 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-15-2012 01:21 AM

Topic tags/keywords: plane shaping

I don’t have room in my “workshop” (really a corner of the basement in the house we rent) for a jointer or planer. I was wondering what people thought about power planes. They seem fairly affordable but I don’t hear a lot of people talking about them. I can get the edges of wood pretty square with my table saw but I thought something like this might help.

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#1 posted 08-15-2012 01:24 AM

I use them for surfacing slabs. The soles are generally too short
to joint edges very well. You can certainly get proficient enough
with an electric handheld planer to surface and thickness boards.

Whether it is worth the noise and the mess they make is up
to you.

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#2 posted 08-15-2012 01:46 AM

How about a small, bench mounted jointer.

-- Nicky

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#3 posted 08-15-2012 01:57 AM

Nicky, any recommendations?

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#4 posted 08-15-2012 02:45 AM

I helped a friend this past summer who had a small, bench top jointer that he uses for guitar building. We were building 4 small display racks, using 5/8 stock x 3” wide by 24” long. It was a delta and the model was jt160. This is a small jointer, and I don’t know that I would use it to run long or heavy stock over it, but for the small project that were were doing it did what it was suppose to do.

My friend uses to joint guitar neck blanks, usually maple and he build some really nice stuff.

Hope that helps, I’m sure other here will have an opinion.

-- Nicky

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#5 posted 08-15-2012 11:10 PM

Once upon a time there was a great power plane. Industrial quality. Every shipyard I worked in, owned or visited had at least two. They were real workhorses and yes Loren, long enough to joint well.

A tip of my hat to the old Skill 100 that went out of production in the 80’s.
I haven’t ever seen another one that was worthy of opening it’s beer.

I still have one working and one for parts. Used it yesterday.

You can still get one on ebay sometimes but be prepared to pay for a well used one.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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