Do most members have a surface planer?
If so how do you dry your boards?
I sometimes buy lumber rough from the lumber yard, I don'y have a planer so I cut tit down to a width that I can run across my joiner about 3 or 4 inches and i smooth them that way, after gluing them up for panels or what ever I use a belt sander to make everything match, But I do beleive my next major purchase will be a ridgid planer. If for no other reason so I won't have to deal with those stupid little barcode stickers
Probably my next purchase. I do have good source for hardwoods here only things I buy is red oak poplar and maple. Prices range between 2.75 to 3.75 per bd ft 6 to 8 " stock this is planed 2 sides and jointed 2 1/4 inch over nominal for ripping. How ever there are several lumber mills in the area. May be able to buy unplaned from
same guy ibuy my lumber this is dryed.
I have a DeWalt 13 inch portable planer. If you are in the market for a portable unit I highly recomend the DeWalt. It has plenty of power and is easy to operate right out of the box.
I cut a great deal of my own lumber and have it milled at a local saw mill. I have a barn that I no longer use to store hay so, I now use it to store and dry my lumber. If you plan to air dry lumber I would highly recommend that you let it dry for a minimum of 1 year before using it for projects. If you use it before it is dry the wood will begin to warp and crack. You may want to purchase a moisture checking device to make sure the wood is at the correct moisture content before using it.
I hope this helps.
This is funny. I kept seeing this thread title, and thinking to myself . . . of course I plan my lumber. Why would I buy more than I need for a project. Then I decided to actually read the thread. Duh! Plane. Now I get it.
I plan, I don't plane. :-)
Interesting post as I’m in the market for a planner! I could never find myself using rough sawn from mills or a lumber broker but I can see many uses for a planner as I increase my level of expertise.