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#1 posted 02-13-2013 07:47 AM

Umm….a sled can face join a board without any other work done to it? Both of the examples above jointed the board first. However, I can see how the sled could do it, cupped side up. Wouldn’t a twist be difficult to deal with? Edge jointing can be done with an jig on a table saw…I already have that jig.

I bought a power planer at HF for $25 to see what it was like…and I liked the result. A mini-jointer in a way. It is actually possible to finish a wider board with it: do a strip the width of the blade, then come back at an angle using the back of the unit on the previously cut spot as a height reference.

The mill (as far as I know only one within about 75 miles) is about a 2-to-3 hr round trip. Ok for well defined projects; less so for ad hoc.

Runswithscissors, that Jet is nice, quick to change over, tied for best overall in Fine Woodworking. 500lb, $3400 with the cutter head, $2300 with blades…out of my range.

You are right, the 10” Rikon clearly trumps the Grizzly pieces. The Grizzly doesn’t add enough to justify its de facto $300 higher price. However, there are bookcase sides and bookcase and cabinet shelves that would be nice to have a 12” planer capability.

That trip to the mill is looking better and better….

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