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Forum topic by J. Crate Larkin posted 443 days ago 1344 views 0 times favorited 43 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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J. Crate Larkin

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443 days ago

I don’t- and haven’t owned a powered jointer in thirty years of woodworking. Easily 75% of my trade is in tables, and I can make perfect sprung joints in any sized stock with my left index finger and my #7, #8 or my wooden jointer. I was curious to see how many other WWs (either professional or hobbyist) don’t use a powered jointer? Just curious.

-- J. Crate, Maryland

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#1 posted 443 days ago

I don’t have one either, not enough room in my shop for it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Mark Smith

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#2 posted 443 days ago

I have one. I don’t have the talent or the eye to do to it manually like you do.

-- Mark Smith, Tracy, CA.,

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#3 posted 443 days ago

I don’t have one, but I’m no hand plane master either.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 443 days ago

I have one, but before I did I used hand planes. Still do when the mood strikes me.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#5 posted 443 days ago

I used to have one, before my divorce… Now I’m too broke and my lawyer is on some expensive vacation.

-- Why does everything I enjoy doing have to be bad for the environment, I work in the oil industry and enjoy working with exotic woods from rain forests

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Don W

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#6 posted 443 days ago

I have one, but it gets turned on about twice a year. I usually grab the #608.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#7 posted 443 days ago

I have both and use one or the other depending on my mood.

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#8 posted 443 days ago

I have a smaller 6”Rockwell power jointer that is perfect for a 2car garage hobby wood worker. I would of went the hand plane pathway, but my only experience with a plane and it’s workings / technique is from watching The Woodright’s Shop. I would of seriously insulted the hand tool community if allowed to ravage and destroy hard wood / exotic wood in my first couple years of diving into wood working. Not to mention sharpening the irons, storage, etc.

For now, the power planer and jointer will hold me over until I become more comfortable with hand tools (which is the path I do want to pursue). I have since purchased various hand planes (shoulder plane to #7 Stanley) in which I learned alot about rust and electrolysis over the weekend too.

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#9 posted 443 days ago

I don’t have one yet, but only because I haven’t purchased one yet.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#10 posted 443 days ago

I sold mine about a year ago. I had begun using hand planes about six months earlier and started edge-jointing boards by hand for practice. But, after a while I realiized that, without even thinking about it, I had stopped using my jointer altogether. I just naturally reached for my number 7 whenever it was time to joint. I gained some more room in my shop when I sold my electrically-powered jointer and I now joint without noise or dust. I like it.

-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA

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#11 posted 443 days ago

I have a vintage 6” Powermatic jointer that I use on occasion, but like others here, I usually pick up a jointer plane first (partly, though, because my shop is so cramped and I have to move stuff to use the powered jointer).

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#12 posted 443 days ago

Boy, if you buy rough lumber they are pretty hard to do without. Even my S4S stock gets a freshly jointed edge before ripping at the tablesaw. It is safer for me that way.

I do love the feeling of trimming a drawer to size with a hand plane though.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#13 posted 443 days ago

oh.. and another ” I cant hand plane just yet ” excuse: I have only a Black & Decker Workmate and a smaller light weight wood working table made for classrooms. Not a Roubo or robust work bench to hold my pieces down.

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#14 posted 443 days ago

@Holbs cant use the Workmate as an excuse. that’s all Mosquito had and he used all kinds of hand planes.

I have an old little 4” Homecraft jointer but it needs restoration and is not operational. I’ve never used it yet. My last major project used about 100 bdft of mahogany and it was all jointed with hand planes. Double 4 panel doors so lots of glue ups and edge jointing.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#15 posted 443 days ago

i best go watch some videos on workmate usage. When I have done some standard sawing on stock 2×4’s, the workmate and the classroom wood working table rocked badly all the time. It could of been the saws or my technique (again, I have no clue about hand tool technique).

I have 75% of the time purposely bought used low-priced power tools off craigslist or auctions, knowing one day I’ll be doing hand tools for majority of my projects. The only power tool left on my wish list is a lathe.

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