I use a jack for edges all the time. Works great. Have use a #4 for the same
purpose with fine results. Odd how woodworkers seem to thing planes have to
be the size of aircraft carriers when metal workers flatten comparativley
huge surfaces with scrapers. Good jack and scrub (converted #4) less than
$100.00 off ebay.
The planer is the only tool that will make both sides parallel. Jointing can
be done manually or sometimes with a router. I bought the planer first and
used the router for edge jointing. Next purchase was the jointer.
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