Hello all, I am slowly building up by tools and have been watching video’s of a Jointer/Planer and a Thickness Planer. Which do you buy first? I keep thinking the Thickness Planer, but then I can’t straighten boards – if I get the Jointer/Planer, I can’t get all of the boards to the same level. I’m working with pallet wood and we all know that there are no two boards the same.
You could joint on your router table if you have one. Just add a shim to the outfeed side of the fence.
The same principle can be used on the table saw by making a sacrificial fence.
Of course if you have a long sled that even easier. Many other Technics have been posted on this site.
Get the Thickness planer first. You can make a jig for your table saw to cut the ends straight, then you can build a sled to mount the piece you plan on putting through the planer and stabilize it with shims and double sided tape. Send it through the planer till one side is straight then put the other side through.
Found a great deal – orbital sander, router table and drill press – $250.00 (great condition). Guy threw in a bandsaw for good measure. Now just have to look for a good used planer and I’m set. Thanks for the advice gents!