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Re: Talk me down out of the trees....

Don Stephan
No matter how carefully they are dried, rough sawn lumber is not perfectly flat and straight. First, decide if you want flat and straight, or willing to work with warped boards for tabletops, cabinet sides, and so on. A planer will not make warped boards flat and straight, it only makes the surfaces smooth and parallel. So if you want to work with wider boards, you'll need a wider jointer. I have no experience with European combo machines, but I have read very complimentary posts about them. My thinking is that the combo machines offer a much wider jointer as well as a wide planer.

So have you tossed enough that you have a 25' long clear space at least 5' wide to mill those boards?

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