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Posted on Benchtop thickness planer vs handheld electric planer

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#1 posted 06-20-2019 05:43 AM

Not sure where you are located, but in my location there are several options for evening or weekend classes for using planes. It is a skill worth having

- fly2low

Think what you are looking for is a table top jointer, to flatten surface, same as a hand plane will, but you still need to be able to read wood grain to pervent tear out and chips. Normally you flatten one side then run it through the thickness planner. Decent table top jointers are 3 to 5 hundred depending on straight blades or carbide inserts.
Even with hand planes you will still need the ability to sharpen the blades which will be another cost dependant on what level you wish to obtain!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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