Somewhere I read that I need both a planer and jointer to clean up wood, and I
can't figure out why I would need a jointer? I harvested some trees a few
years ago, hired someone to cut them into 1" slabs, which have been drying in a
stack for almost 2 years, and now I'm preparing to clean them up to use for
flooring, etc. I'm thinking of buying a 15" planer to smooth the faces and
trim them down to size (3/4" for the floor, for instance). I think the edges
can be straightened with a table saw, so what would I need a jointer for?
Plus, any other tips on how to go from the raw wood to finished lumber would be
A planer will not take a cup or twist out of a board. You pretty much need a
jointer for that. A jointer can be used for other operations too, tapering
I am in the other train of thought. I would like a jointer to true up boards
after ripping them. No need for a planer as of yet, although being a tool
junky, I may buy one, just in case!
There are ways of jointing wood without a jointer, but having one makes life
How will you hold the warped, twisted, board flat to put it through the
planer? You really can't and the planer will skim off material even if it
is not parallel to the bottom. Both sides may be flat, but not parallel.
That will make your floor sort of funny to walk on.
Running a twisted board through the table saw to get a straight edge can be
dangerous. By jointing one edge first, the flat straight edge will run
along the fence while the saw straightens the other edge. This can be done
with a router in a table and the proper fence setup. It can also be done
with a hand plane.
OK, first, run one edge across the jointer to make it true. Then . . . . .
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