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#1 posted 02-11-2018 04:07 PM

Back when I started learning this stuff in the
90s there was no internet so I learned from
library books and old magazines that had been
written in the 1970s or before.

One thing that stands out to me now is that
a lot of hobby woodworkers didn’t have a planer
because those American made planers were
a pretty heavy tool and quite a big investment.
A lot of people got by with a table saw and a
4” jointer. Jointers are simpler machines than
planers. I suppose you’d rip boards to 4” wide,
joint one face, take two passes on the table
saw with the board on its edge to make a parallel
face, then joint the other face to clean it up.
You’d joint the edges and glue up your 4” boards
to make wider panels.

The newer magazines had articles full of 8” jointers
and benchtop planers but I didn’t have much money
to buy machines so I learned to do things by hand
while I saved and looked for used machine bargains.

If I could only have one, I’d choose the planer.
I don’t find it much trouble to flatten boards with
hand planes. It’s sure a lot less work than thicknessing
them by hand. I never made a sled but the nicer
ones sure look like they’d be nice to have.

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