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#1 posted 08-07-2017 10:20 PM

I’ve always advocated that a beginning woodworker should get a jointer first. It makes gluing up panels much easier by jointing board edges. It can give you square lumber up to the jointer’s capacity (with some limitations). It can also taper and rabbet, though I’ve never rabbeted a board on the jointer. Tapering on the jointer is an acquired skill.

The other use of a jointer is to clean up sawn board edges prior to assembly.

There is one reasonably good substitute for a jointer (besides the obvious hand plane) and that is a shaper with a straight cutter and an extended fence. It will joint the edges of boards if set up accurately.

As long as you are happy working with standard lumber dimensions, the planer is not critical.

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Half of all boards cut to a specific length will be too short.

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