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Posted on Benchtop thickness planer vs handheld electric planer

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#1 posted 06-20-2019 01:13 PM

Consider that it s not safe to use a thickness planer with stock shorter than about 12”. There are ways to get around that, but it requires extra work. In this setting, a drum sander would be the more appropriate tool…but also a fairly substantial investment for a hobbyist.

Another option is to build a jointer/planer jig (video) for your router. Easy to do and can be scaled to any size piece. Also doesn t require purchase of an extra tool…though buying an wide cutter with inserts would be a good move if you will use it frequently.

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