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Posted on Which machine next (jointer, planer...?)

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#1 posted 01-27-2016 05:08 PM

This makes sense to me, and it’s what I originally thought…

But then, upon reflection, it seemed that more often than not, the case is I want to purchase a particular S3S board that isn’t exactly “flat” on one or both faces. It might be a section of—say—6/4 S3S walnut in 6” width… and I find that the piece has a bit of a bend to it, so I can’t buy it with confidence.

And my understanding is that I can’t really expect to “fix” such a defect with a planer—that I really need a jointer for that work. I know of the “sled” method, but am not sure it’s something I want to tackle. Again it seems more inconvenient than simply being extremely judicious with my lumber selection…

On the other hand, a lot of times I note that It’s simply a matter of the superficial face surface not being perfect—i.e., the “surfacing” is extremely rough and needs a fine-cut pass through a planer.

I guess, ultimately, if I’m going down this road then I need both machines :-/ So in that case I guess my question turns to that of whether it’s even worthwhile to acquire “consumer” lever, benchtop units… The planer I have my eye on is the DeWalt… The less expensive 12-1/2” one…

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