I have several rough sawn oak boards about 1 inch thick and 2 inches
wide. I am a newbie to woodworkign and cant afford a jointer and planer
right now. Was looking at jointer's at lowes yesterday. For such small
boards, can they just be planed and jointed on the jointer?
No, they cannot be planed on a jointer. They can be made flat but the
surfaces will not necessarily be parallel to each other.
You can, however, joint boards other ways. With a planer, you can make a
sled or carrier to hold the board while getting one surface flat. Once that
is done, you flip the boards and plane as usual.
To get one edge you can also mount the board on a sled and run it through
the table saw, then cut as needed.
There are differing opinions, but I've survived so far with no jointer, just
a planer. YMMV.
Small boards are quickly and easily jointed with a hand plane.
Longer boards are also easily jointed with a hand plane--it
just takes a little longer.
But there are few things you can do with hand tools that
are more fun.
Do you have a tablesaw? If I read you correctly and the boards are 1
inch thick & 2 inches wide, you can straighten them on a TS. You'll
need a board a with a good straight edge a little longer and somewhat
wider than the boards you "jointing" Check most any book on using the
tablesaw for how to do this.
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