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#1 posted 05-02-2019 10:43 PM

I could never live without my jointer.

I started with a 6”, then to an 8”, then to a 16” and now, I’m restoring an old 24”.

I also have a 25” planer to match up with the jointer. You’re on the right track with thinking the widest is best to match up with the planer you will get but there is no substitute for a good jointer in terms of speed and efficiency.

Sure, you can flatten a board with a jig but how many projects will you do that only needs one or two boards only?
Imagine having to setup a planer jig for 10 boards as each board more than likely will have it’s own contours that you will have to set up on the jig.

Even if I were to buy lumber that’s S4S, it would still get a pass on the jointer to make sure it’s flat. You can’t trust their lumber to always be flat, especially when it’s usually milled in a different climate than where you live and will be using your lumber.

In my opinion, the jointer is the most important tool in the shop. Without a flat face and a 90 degree edge, none of the other tools can do their job properly.

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