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jnovak

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12-16-2019 09:29 PM

Hi woodworking friends,

I’m struggling with what tool to pick for my next big woodshop purchase….a planer or a jointer? I know very little about either of them but I’d like to start using rough sawn lumber in my projects (to hopefully save a little money). I made a table top recently for a grill cart and even with soft cedar it took me forever to sand that top smooth…even with a belt sander and orbital sander.

I know there are a lot of questions I need to ask myself before purchasing either of these (ie…width of boards, edge joining, etc)...but I know that depends a lot on the projects I build.

If anybody has any suggestions and or pros/cons to each of them that would be helpful. It appears the jointers go up in price significantly if I go larger than a 6” jointer. Whereas I found a nice Dewalt 735X planer for a decent price.

I’m doing a lot of research on the web as well…but wanted to get real woodworkers thoughts also.

Thanks for any input you can provide. I apprecaite it.

Jeff


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HokieKen

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#1 posted 12-16-2019 09:47 PM

You can get by without a jointer by using a planer sled to joint the first face and a straight edge rip jig to joint the first edge. But, it’s a lot more difficult to get by without a planer because a jointer doesn’t have the ability to make the faces parallel. Just my $.02 but the planer is the choice, hands-down in my opinion. The DeWalt 735 would be my choice as well if I were in the market for one.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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TungOil

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#2 posted 12-16-2019 10:09 PM

For rough lumber work you will really need both. I’d suggest watching Craig’s list to pick up a decent used machine. Jointers especially come up very frequently around here anyway.

If I had neither, I’d get a jointer first. More versatile tool in my opinion since it can flatten a face, then square the adjacent edges.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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LesB

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#3 posted 12-16-2019 10:13 PM

For my two cents. I would get a planer first. I use mine 100 to 1 for the times I use my jointer.

If you have a table saw you can straighten a boards edge with that; even if you need to clamp it to a straight edge to guide it against the fence.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 12-16-2019 10:17 PM

I gotta agree with Kenny. I sold my jointer years ago. The 735X is the way to go.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 12-16-2019 11:29 PM

I also agree with Ken. I’m not nearly as experienced as most of the guys on LJ, so weigh my opinion accordingly. I got a planer first and build a sled for jointing on my table saw. Using both, I was able to build a farmhouse table with a maple top. I would also recommend getting accustomed to using hand planes. They are useful for squaring up and smoothing spots as necessary.

-- –Chuck M. Nutmegger by choice

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#6 posted 12-17-2019 12:15 AM

In the long run you will one to have both if you want to work with rough lumber and when you do you will be happy you do. Having said that there are work arounds for not having a jointer but there aren’t any real work arounds for not having a planer other then getting good with a hand plane.

-- Chet K. "If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over". John Wooden

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#7 posted 12-17-2019 12:20 AM

I had a jointer before I had a planer. At the time I didn’t know any better today there’s no excuses for not having both.
The internet has removed ignorance. The idea of using a planer for a jointer or a tablesaw for a jointer is silly to me.

-- Aj

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HokieKen

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#8 posted 12-17-2019 12:28 AM



I had a jointer before I had a planer. At the time I didn’t know any better today there’s no excuses for not having both.
The internet has removed ignorance. The idea of using a planer for a jointer or a tablesaw for a jointer is silly to me.

- Aj2

That’s a good point. As long as everyone has unlimited funds and unlimited space there is no excuse for not having every tool someone else deems necessary.

Pardon my ignorance.

And for the record, I have a jointer, I just don’t see it as a necessity.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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AlaskaGuy

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#9 posted 12-17-2019 12:52 AM



I had a jointer before I had a planer. At the time I didn’t know any better today there’s no excuses for not having both.
The internet has removed ignorance. The idea of using a planer for a jointer or a tablesaw for a jointer is silly to me.

- Aj2

+ a bunch.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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AlaskaGuy

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#10 posted 12-17-2019 12:58 AM


I had a jointer before I had a planer. At the time I didn’t know any better today there’s no excuses for not having both.
The internet has removed ignorance. The idea of using a planer for a jointer or a tablesaw for a jointer is silly to me.

- Aj2

That’s a good point. As long as everyone has unlimited funds and unlimited space there is no excuse for not having every tool someone else deems necessary.

Pardon my ignorance.

And for the record, I have a jointer, I just don’t see it as a necessity.

- HokieKen


Just pick hobbies that you can afford. There are other hobbies I’d like to do but I know I can afford to do them so I don’t. That’s just me.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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HokieKen

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#11 posted 12-17-2019 01:05 AM

There you have it jnovak. You need to either buy both a jointer and a planer or quit wasting our time because woodworking obviously isn’t for you. (Dripping in sarcasm in case anyone misunderstands)

I’m glad I bought a jointer. Even though it stays parked in a corner of the shop 364 days a year at least I have it to prove that I’m financially capable of hobby woodworking. And to think that I was considering selling it!! Whew, dodged that bullet!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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jnovak

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#12 posted 12-17-2019 01:09 AM

Thanks to everybody for their input. I greatly appreciate it. Maybe I’ll get that big Christmas bonus this year and I can afford both….but then I’d have to find space in my garage wood shop.

Jeff

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AlaskaGuy

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#13 posted 12-17-2019 01:13 AM



There you have it jnovak. You need to either buy both a jointer and a planer or quit wasting our time because woodworking obviously isn’t for you. (Dripping in sarcasm in case anyone misunderstands)

I’m glad I bought a jointer. Even though it stays parked in a corner of the shop 364 days a year at least I have it to prove that I’m financially capable of hobby woodworking. And to think that I was considering selling it!! Whew, dodged that bullet!

- HokieKen


It a rare occasion I don’t use my jointer when I make something.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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JackDuren

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#14 posted 12-17-2019 01:22 AM

I rarely use a jointer. I actually don’t have one in my shop. Definitely have a planer..

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HokieKen

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#15 posted 12-17-2019 01:35 AM

Which is what’s great about woodworking – lots of ways to skin a cat!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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