|Forum topic by GerardW||posted 150 days ago||434 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
150 days ago
Hey everyone! So I recently came into some money for my birthday and I have acquired some new and desperately needed tools for my garage shop, like a drill press, block plane, etc. What I’m finding now is that I’ve gotten into some more projects where I find myself needing to adjust the thickness of my stock, say down to 1/4 or 3/8 from a 3/4 piece.
Right now I have a 10” craftsman bandsaw (with a really weird blade length that limits my options in terms of getting a lower tooth count, etc) that i have tried to use for some light resawing, but the maximum depth of blade is 3/8” and I find that I get a lot of blade deflection. I’m able to get to probably within 1/8 of an inch give or take of my final thickness, but then I want to get a nice smooth finish on the face and get down to my desired thickness.
The question is- what tool might you recommend for doing this? So far I have thought of the following options:
Jack Plane: I am not an expert at using hand tools and just got my first bench plane, but I can see the advantage to having a hand tool like this, and the potential cost savings (around $150 I think for a woodriver jack plane).
Thickness planer: Big $$, big sound, big on shavings, but very efficient and still needs to be sanded smooth in the end right?
Powered hand planer: Less $$, still big sound and big on shavings… but can you get the accuracy that I need to get down to like 1/4” stock?
Jointer: Similar to thickness planer but limited by stock width, and can also joint on edge. But also $$, loud, shavings, etc.
I’m looking for a tool with moderate cost and maximum flexibility, as I have a small shop.
Suggestions? How do you get your lumber down to thickness for building something like a toy truck?
-- Gerard in Bowie MD