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Re: Hank, I have to admit...
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Hank, I have to admit... ()

Hank Knight

I have the same problem: length capacity. The longest board I can plane in my tiny shop is about 7 feet. Even then I have to roll my J/P away from the wall so the board will clear my bandsaw and drill press. Width is not much of an issue, but length is. That's not a bad thing. I rarely need to dress boards longer than about 4 or 5 feet. I found that the shorter the board, the less waste I have. Same goes for width: the narrower the board the less waste. Nevertheless, having the capacity to flatten and plane a 12" wide (or wider) board is nice. Also having a powerful machine is nice. It really is better than struggling with a lightweight, home-shop type machine. Go for a big one!

Good luck with spending your kids' inheritance. ;>)

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