|Forum topic by twelvepoint||posted 03-01-2013 09:19 AM||7476 views||0 times favorited||22 replies|
03-01-2013 09:19 AM
Hi there, first post here, but I’ve been lurking for a while. Just wanted to say this is a great community with some incredible projects folks have been working on.
I know this topic has been probably discussed to death, and I’ve done a lot of searching, but I think everyone has their own situation, so a recommendation for one individual isn’t always right for another.
So my deal is this: I have a 2 BR condo in Cambridge, MA. It’s half of a 2-unit building, built in the late 1800s. When my wife and I moved in, it was in terrible repair, having been a neglected rental unit for some time. Over the last few years we’ve replaced floors, trim, remodeled the bathroom and done a lot of other little work to correct the abuse and slowly transform the place. It hasn’t been all my own doing, but I’ve gained some skills and confidence along the way and I’ve done some more adventurous projects like building cabinets, and last year I did an interior panel door. I still have a lot of cabinetry work left, particularly when I get around to doing a kitchen remodel. But basically, I’d say my projects have been mainly “contractor-grade” so far, but I want to get more into the fine woodworking realm and keep building skills.
I currently have a small basement shop with a table saw, slide miter saw, drill press, a small workbench and most of the basic hand and power tools. I recently got a hanging air filter and will be getting a cyclone dust collector in the next few days.
For projects, I’ve been purchasing S4S lumber from the local supplier and big-box store. I have been noticing that it’s pretty marginal quality, and it’s really evident on cabinet doors and it’s hit-or-miss whether they’ll end up warped or not. So I’m thinking about taking the plunge and getting a jointer and planer and using rough-sawn. My space is extremely tight with limited egress, so that’s a big factor with what I can purchase. However, I want to get machinery that I won’t need to replace because I didn’t anticipate things correctly. Besides cabinet doors, I need to make a couple more interior doors, so I think I’d need something that can handle 6” stock that’s 78” long. Eventually, I’d like to do a dining room table, so I imagine a wider jointer would be very important. We’ll probably get another place someday and I’ll get to do this all again! Basically, I don’t think I’ll ever run out of projects.
As far as jointers go, I can get good deals on 6” jointers all day long on Craigslist and I think (correct me if I’m wrong here) a bed that’s 48” long would be adequate for stock up to 8 feet long. I’m looking at 8” jointers too, but at that point I am definitely running into weight and space issues. (I do have some options to use a friend’s 8” jointer if I need.)
The other option I’m looking at is the Rikon jointer planer combo (http://www.woodcraft.com/PRODUCT/2082339/32797/RIKON-PLANERJOINTER-MODEL-25010.ASPX) This is 10”, so I’d get a much larger width than I could get with a traditional jointer, plus it gets me a planer as well. The total table length is only 40” though. I’m wondering if that would be ok if I were able to use a few roller supports, and/or enlist a helper for the few occasions I’d need to joint longer pieces. I don’t have the experience to make an informed choice on this.
The other issue, should I go with a stand-alone jointer, is the planer. Again, due to space, a portable planer would be preferable, so I can put it on a shelf when not in use. It seems that while 6-8” is common for homeowner/hobbyist jointers, you can get 10-12” planers pretty cheap. So I’m not sure why people would get a planer that can accommodate much wider stock than they could joint? Is there a reason for this?
Thanks, and I apologize for the long post!