Determining Whether You Need A Planer, Joiner, or Both – Part 2

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As we talked about in part one of this article (see previous post), before deciding if you need a planer, joiner, or both, then you need to take certain things into consideration. Here are some more great tips about the usage of these machines.

After the wood has been inspected and each board has been modified for flatness and rough textures or edges, it’s time to start planning the project. Every expert woodworker¬†will recommend measuring not once but twice before proceeding with any project. If a project requires oversized wood pieces, it is often necessary to join two or more boards together. This can be accomplished by using a jointer to create seamless edges that fit together with ease.

In addition to measuring length, it is also important to know the thickness of the boards necessary for a project. The planer is the ideal tool to use for adjusting the thickness of any board to make it work with a given project.

Creating beautiful finished pieces involves modifying wood so that visual surfaces are smooth and parallel. While there is not always a need for beautifully smooth surfaces, using a planer can simplify the process when that is the desired outcome. This is essential when working on projects like wooden doors or window frames, and it results in a more detailed finished product for many furniture pieces too.

Sometimes imperfections in a piece of wood are desired to achieve a more rustic, natural finished piece, but sometimes surface imperfections need to be addressed. While wood can be purchased with perfect grains, it is often costly. When less than perfect wood is purchased, using a planer can help to smooth it out and create a wood grain that is much closer to perfection.

A final consideration to make when working with wood is to recognize if any twisting is present. Wood twisting results when two boards will not lay flat on the same plane. This causes them to appear as if they are twisting away from each other. Correcting this problem involves using a jointer, and the level of difficulty will depend on the degree of twist that is present.

So whether you have to have a joiner, planer, or both for your shop is a decision that you will have to make for yourself. Hopefully these tips on the machines will help you to figure which will suit you best.

Updated: February 16, 2017 — 11:56 pm
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