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Forum topic by RPHbydayLJbynight posted 02-24-2014 05:39 AM 1614 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2014 05:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: mikita dewalt jointer planer milling

Hi everyone, I’m new to LJ and very new to woodworking. I’m on project #3, a computer desk that should be completed tomorrow after I’ve finished my cuts this evening. Project #1 was a farmhouse table + 2 benches from common stud wood purchased from Lowes. Project #2 was an entertainment center from select wood and Purebond plywood from HD.

So far I have a Dewalt circular saw, Hitachi compound miter saw, Bosch orbital sander, Bosch Drill and impact driver, and a Bosch 4100 table saw.

A friend suggested that I purchase a Planar, but I have a few questions I haven’t been able to have answered that I thought you experts would know right off the bat. With a planar I can take rough wood which is cheap and turn it into a great board that I can throw into one of my projects. My question is will this board be as smooth as the select pine that I can find at HD? It takes a while to sort through these boards to find something that is useable and straight and then I end up settling for something that is nearly perfect and spend a premium price on it anyways.

My projects are endless to fill this new house with furniture, but the rate limiting step (besides time) seems to be quality boards.

The two planer’s I’ve looked at are the Mikita and Dewalt with about a ~550 price range.

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#1 posted 02-24-2014 05:43 AM

A jointer would be a better addition as you need a right angle
to begin the milling process. IMHO

Craigslist may have something that’ll work out for you.

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#2 posted 02-24-2014 05:52 AM

Getting lumber especially 2×4’s at HD is a crap shoot at best.

I suggest finding a local lumber yard to source your wood.

The first tool I turn to for milling my lumber is my jointer.

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#3 posted 02-24-2014 07:43 AM

If you buy a jointer and planer, you will be able to buy rough lumber which is much cheaper than finished lumber. The jointer flattens one face, and makes an adjacent edge square. Then the planer flattens the opposite face.

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#4 posted 02-24-2014 08:32 AM

A jointer and a planer usually go hand in hand. If you only have the budget for one get a planer because you can joint (well almost) with a planer sled and a table saw. That is you can shim your board on a sled to make the bottom reference flat on a planer, thereby giving you a flat top. Then you can get your right angle off a well tuned table saw. Sure it is more difficult then using a jointer, but it is a decent stop gap. That or turn to hand tools. A #5 jack plane and a #7 jointer can do a very good job in making a flat surface once you get over the learning curve.

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#5 posted 02-24-2014 11:34 AM

My Dewalt 735 leaves a far smoother finish then any board I have ever gotten at home depot using the knives that came with it.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#6 posted 02-24-2014 12:20 PM

+1 on what CplSteel said….
As far as the “power tools” go….
I’m not a galoot, so can’t speak to hand tools!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 02-24-2014 12:26 PM

If you use dimensional lumber, a jointer and a planer are an excellent addition to your shop. The two tools work best in tandem, with the jointer creating a flat reference face and an adjacent 90° square edge to that face….there are other ways to achieve a flat face and a square edge, but the jointer is the most efficient and most effective at face jointing and edge jointing.

Next, the planer makes the opposite face parallel to the reference face that was created by the jointer, and smooths the surface and reduces thickness to final dimensions. As mentioned, with the help of a planer sled, the planer can be coaxed into flattening a reference face, but its more cumbersome than using the jointer, and you’d need to edge joint using other methods like a TS or router.

A planer sled:

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#8 posted 02-24-2014 12:27 PM

+1 on the planer. You will love it.

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#9 posted 02-24-2014 01:04 PM

You will love having a planer. It can be used on narrow pieces as a jointer, if it’s already square.

I bought the Delta 13” 2 speed but the Dewalt is a nice unit too.

Have you considered hardwoods over clear pine for your next project… cherry perhaps? oak is still out of style unless it’s qtr. sawn mission stuff. Maple would be a nice option over pine, especially with maple plywood.

and a big welcome to Lumberjocks!

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#10 posted 02-24-2014 03:42 PM

A planer is nice. That was the second tool after a saw I got. However, it will only make two sides parallel not flat! There are sleds that can be made to do that for you. An old fashoned hand plane and winding sticks will do it too. My first tools in importance were TS, Planer, BS, Jointer. Starting over, I’d get a good TS and build around it. Check craigs list for old american made rehabs. They are awesome for those starting out.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#11 posted 02-24-2014 03:42 PM

While I agree that a planer then jointer is a good order for your next tool purchase(s), I’ll propose an alternative for a router. With the right jigs and perseverance, you can get it to serve the purpose of either tool, but will also help you out on your projects with cutting profiles and even joinery.

-- paxorion

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#12 posted 02-24-2014 07:49 PM

I agree that you really need both the planer and the jointer. I got the planer first and am looking for a jointer. In the meantime I am using the sled/table saw method.

I would also suggest that you look for both the planer and jointer on Craig’s List. I got my Rigid 13” planer for $150 and I have my eye on a Craftsman 6 1/8 inch jointer that is listed at $250 but I will offer less…

-- ---Howard, Amesbury MA

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