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Forum topic by woodworkingdrew posted 03-19-2014 01:13 AM 750 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2014 01:13 AM

So I invested in a great jointer, very powerful and works well. I just can’t afford a planer at this time. Any ideas that might get me buy for a while? What about a router planer jig? Any other ideas?

-- Andrew, California

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#1 posted 03-19-2014 03:45 AM

if you live anywhere near a metro area you should be able to find a used planer for $100 or so that will be good enough to get you by for a while. Otherwise, I’d find a number 5 hand plane. Or, maybe you can find a friend with a planer who would let you use it once in awhile.

-- PaulMayer,

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#2 posted 03-19-2014 04:10 AM


I was in your situation a while back. My shoulders triceps and lats are in great shape now! Before I got my dewalt 735 I picked up a few really bad hand planes. I’m very new to woodworking (1.5 years experience) after struggling through an entire roubo bench flattening I learned to properly sharpen and hone my planes.

That was a learning experience that I use today to properly sharpen block planes etc that I use AFTER my power tools.

I invested in a grizzly 6” jointer as my first real tool. That along with my table saw I could get 3 out of 4 sides of a board flat. I spent 5 straight months getting the last side of every board straight with a few different planes.

I learned more than I wanted to struggling through the learning curve alone but in the long run I believe it was worth it. I have shooting boards and other jigs now that I use AFTER I run them through my big beefy power tools.


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#3 posted 03-19-2014 04:11 AM

I agree with Paul. I used a free hand me down for almost a year. When it broke, I sold it for parts and bought a better unit. A craigslist find will get you by while you save up. Then just sell it off and by the good one that you will want as a long-term tool. Honestly, you could buy a handplane, but by the time you tuned it up, you’d be in for over $100.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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