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ok this may sound like a stupid question but what is the difference between the two? ive used a planer many times but never even heard of or seen one until i got on this site so i have no idea whats the purpose of a jointer. can anyone help?

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looks like you need to gets some books on both of them. i could tell you the short of these two.... but i think you well learn a great more if you purchase a few books . thats how i got started 17  years ago.       good luck.

Hello Brandon

Jointers, for the hobbyist, most commonly come in two capacities, 6” and 8” ( with a few 4” out there ) meaning that they will dress up the face of a board up to the size of their capacity, but are mainly used to dress the edge of a board to join it seamlessly to another ( or others) for door panels or table tops for a couple of examples. There are industrial jointers that have up to an 18” capacity ( and there may be even larger models).

The planer is used predominantly to dress up the face of a board and can only dress up the edge of a very narrow work piece (board) and only then with a jig designed to hold it vertically to the cutters while being passed through.

If you have not seen these tools, I would suggest that you log on to www.grizzly.com and click on to woodworking machines.

Oh yes, the only really stupid question is the one thought of, but not asked.

kenny from Sundre

That was a terrific answer Kenny .

kenny from Sundre said:

Hello Brandon

Jointers, for the hobbyist, most commonly come in two capacities, 6” and 8” ( with a few 4” out there ) meaning that they will dress up the face of a board up to the size of their capacity, but are mainly used to dress the edge of a board to join it seamlessly to another ( or others) for door panels or table tops for a couple of examples. There are industrial jointers that have up to an 18” capacity ( and there may be even larger models).

The planer is used predominantly to dress up the face of a board and can only dress up the edge of a very narrow work piece (board) and only then with a jig designed to hold it vertically to the cutters while being passed through.

If you have not seen these tools, I would suggest that you log on to www.grizzly.com and click on to woodworking machines.

Oh yes, the only really stupid question is the one thought of, but not asked.

kenny from Sundre

As stated, a planer will dress up a board, a joiner will straighten the face or edge of a board.
You can also use a jointer for tapering a pc of wood, when I make tapered legs for a project thats the tool I go to.

o ok i understand the difference now. thanks a lot kenny. 

 

one more question though. so i know a planer cuts the wood on a horizontal plane and from the pictures i have seen of a jointer it looks as though to cut the wood on a vertical plane. is this correct?

kenny from Sundre said:


Hello Brandon

Jointers, for the hobbyist, most commonly come in two capacities, 6” and 8” ( with a few 4” out there ) meaning that they will dress up the face of a board up to the size of their capacity, but are mainly used to dress the edge of a board to join it seamlessly to another ( or others) for door panels or table tops for a couple of examples. There are industrial jointers that have up to an 18” capacity ( and there may be even larger models).

The planer is used predominantly to dress up the face of a board and can only dress up the edge of a very narrow work piece (board) and only then with a jig designed to hold it vertically to the cutters while being passed through.

If you have not seen these tools, I would suggest that you log on to www.grizzly.com and click on to woodworking machines.

Oh yes, the only really stupid question is the one thought of, but not asked.

kenny from Sundre

Hello again, Brandon;

 

As Robert pointed out, the jointer will dress up the "face", (the horizontal plane) of a board , but only a board width up to it’s capacity, and it will also dress the "edge" ( the vertical plane, if you will) of any width of board that can be kept perfectly perpendicular to the cutter blades as it is passed through. What must be taken into consideration here, is that passing a work piece through either of these machines should remove the irregularities in the surface but does not necessarily mean that the piece is “true”. A “true” or “straight” piece is for it to be equal in width and thickness, and to not be bowed or twisted.

kenny from Sundre

thanks. i watched a view videos online on the use and purpose of a jointer. i understand the difference now. 

kenny from Sundre said:

Hello again, Brandon;

 

As Robert pointed out, the jointer will dress up the "face", (the horizontal plane) of a board , but only a board width up to it’s capacity, and it will also dress the "edge" ( the vertical plane, if you will) of any width of board that can be kept perfectly perpendicular to the cutter blades as it is passed through. What must be taken into consideration here, is that passing a work piece through either of these machines should remove the irregularities in the surface but does not necessarily mean that the piece is “true”. A “true” or “straight” piece is for it to be equal in width and thickness, and to not be bowed or twisted.

kenny from Sundre

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