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Just wondering if anyone uses a power planer to straighten rough cut lumber.Fairly new to WW and seems prior to joining I could take out the cup or twist from a board.
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I use a joiner, table saw, planer in that order.
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I've had a Makita 3 1/2" power plane for over twenty years. Use it mainly to plane doors though, not rough wood. I have a long bed jointer and a thickness planer for straightening edges before jointing.
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I use a double-sided pair of clamps = banana clamps in one side, the "master straight edge" clamps in the other side and rides against the TS fence. It's a fact that I can't easily do more than maybe 36" at a time but for my simple work, it's been great. Made by ShopFox, marketed by Lee Valley.
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I do like MTStringer. Jointer to get a true straight edge, table saw to true the opposite edge, then into the thickness planer to bring the board down to dimension.

I only use my hand power planer for trimming doors, windows, etc. when installing them. My block plane gets more use than the power hand planer to be honest.
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it's just a hand plane with a motor

Originally Posted by honda curt View Post
Just wondering if anyone uses a power planer to straighten rough cut lumber.Fairly new to WW and seems prior to joining I could take out the cup or twist from a board.
You can "straighten out" rough lumber but it's not a substitute for a jointer or a stationary planer. You would sight the board to see where it needs planing/material removed and then move it across the highest areas. You would check the board for flatness with a straight edge. You would check the board for "twist" using two square sticks at each end, also called winding stick. You sight across the, to see if they are parallel. It's just like hand planing a board...lots of checking and sighting to get it straight and flat.

I actually have 3 of them, 2 Craftsman, 1 Elu. I have found some uses for them, but not on a regular basis because I have the other machines. If it's all you have or can afford then you could "make do". You would also want to get a jack plane and a smoother to finish the job.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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