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10-21-2020 08:58 PM

Hi. This is mostly just a thought question. I am a hobbyist woodworker. I’ve not owned a jointer planer. For the last 10 yrs or so, I’ve bought rough lumber from a local mill. I’d joint the wood square on two sides, then saw to rough dimension, and run through a thickness planer. But, I’m not getting any younger, and have a bad (rotator cuff) shoulder. My PT (who is also a woodworker) recently told me I have to stop doing the rough jointing or my shoulder will never get right. At the ripe age of 64, I’m having to admit defeat on this one. So my question is: by a jointer or just buy lumber that has been skip planed (is that how “plan-ed” is spelled?) closer my finished dimension?

FYI: I like using the rough lumber from the mill. They started life as tree removal service, then bought milling machines and kiln. So I’m using lumber from urban landscapes that were coming down anyway.

-- Frank O.

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#1 posted 10-22-2020 04:28 AM

Great that you are using wood that needs to be harvested.

You already have all the info you need to make the choice. Having a source that can do the prep is something a lot of folks don’t have a ready outlet to do that for them. I think your only real decision will be do you do enough woodworking to warrant the purchase of a Jointer to help your Planer, and Table saw get your wood prepped at home?

You know how much wood you go through, and how much you would need to pay to have it done. Possibly the only unknown is if you are still working at 64, and if you retire at 65, 66, whenever, will you be doing more woodworking? That is the one possible to change it from simple math.

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#2 posted 10-22-2020 12:21 PM

I buy all my wood 1/16” over thickness with one edge straight line ripped. It works extremely well. The thought of doing it differently never crosses my mind.

My supplier has real equipment. 60 hp double head planer and a 15hp rip saw. This helps with getting excellent quality.

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#3 posted 10-22-2020 02:52 PM

I’ve gotten by for 40 years without a jointer or planing.

I attach a temporary straight edge to rough stock and run it through the table saw. Or I draw a straight line and use the band saw.

Either way yields a cut that is not perfect, but I leave about 1/4” and make a few more passes on the table saw and get 2 straight parallel edges.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 11-15-2020 10:37 PM

I would buy the jointer because it comes in handy for straight lining all kinds of wood…not just the rough edge from the saw mill and it makes quick work of having two perfectly straight surfaces for jointing. Send one piece through and mark the out side. Send the surface that will be next to it through on the inside. No matter what your jointer is set at for 90 +/- degrees, the edges will match. There are other ways to straight line cut, but the jointer is the most efficient.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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