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#1 posted 02-11-2018 07:47 PM

Based on what the OP says he has so far my vote would go to a nice table saw or “cabinet” saw. Next would be at least a 6” jointer. Don t get me wrong, I have and like my 735, it is a very nice little planer, but I find that when working with trying to make wood flat the jointer works better. Like Loren, I don t have a sled….yet that is. In process of putting together my new shop and a sled is on the list of must haves when all moved in.

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With a jointer alone you make one face flat and one edge straight and 90 degrees to the face that you flatten. You can then go to the table saw and make the other edge parallel to the first edge. If you don’t have a planer how you going to make the remaining face flat and parallel to the first face other than hand planes?

A planer what not made to make wood flat that’s why you have trouble with your 735. If you can’t have a jointer and a planer the next best is to have a planer and go the sled route.

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