Do most members have a surface planer?
If so how do you dry your boards?
I have a Makita 13" planer. I use it when I need to. Such as when building the crib I needed 1" thick pieces of wood. Home Depot and Lowes don't sell that, neither does Dixieline. My local hardwood supplier sells 1.75" and .75" thicknesses. Thus the need for my planer. I bought the thick stuff, scribed a line close to the 1" mark, took it to the band saw, and sliced it in two. After that, I took it to the planer to bring it down to 1" thickness. As a bonus, the waste wood was able to be planed down to a nice 1/2" piece for use on a future project.
As a rule, if I can shave off a thin slice to use on something else before planing I always do, especially if it's a nice exotic or something.
I do plan my lumber too, not very well sometimes, but I try. :)