You are right about the planer not making wood square. OTOH, depending on
where you get your wood, you can get by without a jointer. I have so far,
but it is on my list of "needs".
The places I buy my wood will at a minimum give me an edge and a flat bottom
so I can finish it omn my planter and table saw. Some will joint and plane
to whatever thickness I specify. It is included in the price.
If you are using air dried wood from Grampa's barn, buy the jointer.
In the beginning, I started with a Ryobi AP-10, a 10" planer. For a
short while, I was putting rough stock through it, but that stock was
pretty straight to begin with. I then got a 6" jointer, but some
pieces, like bed rails were still too wide, so I also put them through
the planer w/o benefit of a jointer. The moral is that whether or not
you must use a jointer depends. It depends on your stock, your
projects, how much you want to work them by hand, etc., etc.
On Wed, 1 Dec 2004 14:17:18 -0800, "Daniel Grieves"
I am in the same situation, and here's what I do:
I use a 13" delta planer, and a PC router in a table with a 2 1/2"
freud straight bit. I take the rough stock and run it through the
planer on both sides until parallelism is obtained. Then I take the
best edge I have on the board and joint that using the router setup
mentioned above. (See Pat Warners site on doing the edge jointing if
you aren't sure). I then take the opposite edge and rip that along a
fence on either the table or bandsaw.
Works great with one rare exception. If I have a stick that is warped
along it's length and it's pretty long, then all the planer will do is
replicate the warp, where a jointer would flatten it. I've had it
happen once, but it really didn't matter if the board was slightly
warped since the rest of the structure would flatten it once it was
screwed in anyway. I don't feed my family doing this, and it beats
spending a ton of money and space on a 12" jointer to match my planer
Dan, if what your looking for is a way to straighten an edge on rough
stock, use your table saw with a straight edge.Leave stock 1/8"
oversize, then take this amount off with next pass. This will give you
an acceptable edge.
I won't go into numerous other ways. hand planing,router etc.I suggest
if you do not already have a jointer plane or at least a jack plane,
look for either a used one or buy new.Your portable plane should be
able to plane square if the fence is 90 degrees to the table. The
table is too short to use to straighten an edge.Look for a handplane
at least 18" long with a decent iron.
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