Can I get away with no jointer and just a planer?
I will finally have room to set-up a small workshop in our first home we're hopefully closing on in a week. It's an old home that has many projects I'd like to try my hand at. Previously, I've used my grandpa's workshop which, while very well equipped, is 2+ hours away and I don't own a truck or trailer to haul lumber back and forth. With a limited budget, I cant afford all the necessities up front. What I do have is a very good circular saw, a very nice router, and intentions of picking up a decent planer. My question is; will a planer sled suffice to flatten 4/4 walnut planks for a counter top project I want to do? I could use the router with a split fence to joint the edge. I also need to build a work bench, and I want a laminate top made out of ripped 2x8s. Will my arsenal (assuming a decent planer) get me where I'm trying to go, or would I be better off putting these projects off for 8-10 months while saving/figure out a way to use grandpa's shop?
Thanks for any opinions.