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#1 posted 11-15-2014 01:39 PM

“A planer is the only tool that will save you money.” It’s true. You can survive without a jointer using hand planes, sleds, or other tricks (although a jointer is nice), but a planer is necessary, IMHO. But, depending on where you are, you can buy a much wider variety of wood at a much cheaper cost. In my case, before my planer, I primarily used red oak from HD that worked out to $7bf. Now I buy from local sawmills where I get Red oak at $2.25, cherry at $2.40, or walnut At $3.50—and 25 other species and curly and spalted varieties and QS options, etc. one way to find sawmills in your area is to search for lumber on CL.

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