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I generally buy my lumber from HD or Lowes', so do I really need a planer?
I found a used Delta 12" at a garage sale today for $150, but I really don't know if I need one, since most of the wood I get is already milled to a certain degree. Please advise.

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Just some rough math: If you buy an oak 1x4 from Lowes, 8 foot long, it might cost $25. That is about 2.6 board foot, so $9.4 per foot. You can buy rough cut oak for $2 - $4 per foot. Plus what Steve said about making the board whatever thickness you want.

I bought a used one, and am very happy I did. Mine is not a great quality tool, but it really opens up a lot of options.
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