Moving along with our discussion of bench planes it’s time to take a look at the jointer planes. The jointers are our middle of the road tools. These are the tools we reach for once we’ve taken our stock from it’s rough cut faces and edges, leveled out the big hills and valleys and are ready to take the material to it’s final finished dimensions.
The jointers are big planes that have the weight to push through knots and tricky grain with little to no effort. But they can wear you out quickly if you’re not careful. Typically I use my own to prep stock for final smoothing with a smaller smoothing plane. But you can easily set one up to act very much like a smoother if you really desired the workout.
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