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Posted on Really want a planner too many differences need advise.

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#1 posted 04-21-2017 08:46 PM

A planer is a good idea. A Dewalt 734/5 will not take up too much room.

Most lumber can be acquired surfaced 2 sides. So one face is flat and one edge is straight. The planer smooths the other face (and cutting the board to width on the tablesaw straightens the other edge). Equally importantly, having a planer let you get all boards for a project to a consistent thickness. I never met two 4/4 boards that were the same thickness, exactly. So panel glue-ups are always a pain, unless you run all the boards through the planer.

I’m not so sure the jointer is necessary, at least for now. As I said, try to buy S2S and you’re probably okay with a planer. When I’ve had boards with a not so very flat face, I’ve “skip-planed” or used a planing sled to get things flat enough. And there are half a dozen methods to temporarily attach a straight edge to a board and rip it on the tablesaw to get a straight enough edge. If I had a jointer, I’d use it; but every time I get the money, I spend it on something else before I can make up my mind which jointer to buy.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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