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#1 posted 02-20-2019 03:44 PM

planer first – look for a used dewalt 735 in your area

you can make a planer sled for face jointing and attach other known straight edges to the boards for edge ripping on the TS

Another potentially helpful and hopefully respectful note - you mention you’re brand new, work in an unfinished garage in Chicago, and have been buying stuff for a few months – I interpret that mix of things as “I caught the bug in late fall but haven’t been able to really do much actual woodworking yet so I’m acquiring what I think i’ll need to hit the ground running when the weather turns.”
If that’s at all close, I would strongly encourage you to wait and make a couple things before acquiring much stuff. Fight the AD urge. I had a similar story a few years back and wound up picking up a bunch of stuff that I had no real need for when I really got into things – stuff that there is real logic in why I would want it / how I could envision using it on potential projects I wanted to build, but when things really got going I either didn’t build those pieces or found another way. I think you’re safe picking up a planer, especially a used one, but never buy things to solve problems/needs you don’t have yet. I got that advice, but didn’t pay close enough attention to it and it’s cost me hundreds+

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