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Posted on Benefits of 6" vs 8" Jointers

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#1 posted 02-14-2017 05:41 PM

Dustin, you are asking a lot of different questions about a lot of things. Let’s take your thread title to start with. Difference between 6 & 8 jointers. Simple, 8” gives wider capacity, stronger machine and motor due to higher capacity, physically bigger machine so you have longer bed to work with. There it is, question answered. Now, there are tons of people who own jointers so they have no need for a planer. Jointers can and will joint edges and faces of your boards. Next item, I have been playing with wood most of my life with the last 18 y, being more “Fine woodworking” I don’t have, and never will have a need for a jointer. I never buy wood from the borg or milled. All rough, mostly left over center slabs from a veneer company. Veneer is cut from green logs that are soaked in ponds for weeks to soften then for easy cutting, just think about what the leftover slabs are like. I have a planer that is the most important tool I own. It does all the smoothing out and thicknessing of my wood. I use a simple router with a straight edge to joint all my lumber. My lumber from the main source requires 2 years drying time before use and I am cafefull on how I stack and sticker it to prevent warpage and cupping. On the rare occasion that I do have some, I use tablesaw and planer sleds to clean up the mess. With 2 sleds I built I can take any rough lumber and turn it into S4S ready to assemble lumber with just my Ridgid planer. You can do the same thing with your rough lumber with nothing but a jointer, and yes, 8” is better and 6” for many reasons. OK, my Pneumonia is still not over, so I’m done for now. Dustin, Read and understand the answeres everyone offer to your questions, then use followup questions to continue.

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