A skilled machinist can accurately thickness a panel on an overhand surface planer/jointer but it requires practice and is dangerous. Ideally one should have a long bedded surface planer for the accurate truing of one surface and long edges, and a separate thicknesser/surfacer to reduce stock to a consistent thickness. Alter-

106 Surface planer/jointer

107 Wadkin heavy-duty 20 in (508 mm) by 10 in (254 mm) thicknesser/surfacer

natively, where space and cost are crucial, a combination surface planer and thicknesser, often referred to as an over and under, would suffice.

All these machines come in a variety of cutter widths from 9 in (228 mm) up to 36 in (914 mm) with the large thicknessers/surfacers. Your choice should be governed by the nature of the work you do, for there is little point in investing large sums in a 36 in (914 mm) planer if you are never going to need to plane boards beyond 12 in (304 mm) wide.

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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