Most of my lumber is 8" wide or more. With an 8" wide board, I can get 3 rails/stiles per board. Some of the lumber is rather crooked, warped, bowed, etc.
My jointer is 6" wide and my planer is 12" wide. The planer does have a problem with snipe at both leading and trailing ends of the feed.
So which step in surfacing the lumber should I take? If I cut the boards to rough length then I'll have an easier time of jointing the edges and faces but I'll lose 3" or so on each cut do to snipe. Since the boards are pretty long, there's really no way I can face the entire length board and still get the final thickness to 3/4".
Is there a rule of thumb for the length of the boards that is a good compromise before I face/edge join the lumber? Obviously I don't want to make more sawdust than necessary but I don't think I can manhandle some of these boards over the jointer.
Thanks for any suggestions...