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#1 posted 05-03-2019 12:48 AM

This is a never ending debate because there is no right or wrong answer – it is solely dependent on the individual’s wants and needs. I’ve made plenty of very nice furniture and never owned a powered jointer. A planer and sled will produce a flat face, and then the planer will thickness. A ts will give a straight edge that I then joint with a hand plane. Using a jointer is faster, but in the overall scheme of a given project it isnt a lot of time, not for the typical hobbyist. Even a one person production shop will benefit from having a powered jointer. So for the hobbyist, no, a powered jointer is not necessary. IMO a planer is, but thats me. Some around here use handplanes instead. Just a matter of time, space, $, and how a person wants to work. Just how big of a planer do you want or need? 30”? How do you flatten a 36” dining table? A 13” bench top gets me by, and I can flatten any size with hand planes. Are there other tools you could use like a bandsaw, floor drill press, routers, shapers, etc?

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