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bench top planners and compact jointers

swifty6's picture

The current web page features a discussion of very small shops. I have to plan for a very small space. We plan to downsize our home as soon as possible my shop space will be very limited. At one time I had a Powermatic 8 inch long bed Jointer and a 15 inch Delta planner. They took up so much space that I reluctantly sold them. Is there a reliable bench top planer that I could bolt to a bench top and remove when not in use? The same goes for a jointer. I have seen shops in the UK and it is amazing what can be done in a small space.

Jimurock's picture

(post #102491, reply #1 of 5)

You can do this with almost any of the portable planers, though the Dewalt 735 is pretty heavy.  You might find this article useful, and the Makita is a good machine.

I have a SC fitted into a flip-top table that sits under the tablesaw when not in use.

I have a six-inch floor model jointer that isn't really big enough, but still manages to get in the way wherever I put it in my small shop.  Had they been available back then, I would have gone for a combo machine.  I don't think a benchtop jointer is worth having unless you confine yourself to making small pieces.  At the moment I'm hand planing a 14" cherry board.  I'd have to cut it into 3 to be able to use the jointer on it.


flairwoodworks's picture

(post #102491, reply #2 of 5)

I think that you'll be hard pressed to find a good benchtop jointer. There are lots of good benchtop planers however. A combination jointer/planer will likely give you the best quality jointer, which as a bonus will likely be 10" or wider to match the planer. Inca made one, but I don't think they're around any more. I have one but haven't used it yet.

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swifty6's picture

(post #102491, reply #3 of 5)

Thanks for your help.You have given me some great ideas.

polarsea1's picture

(post #102491, reply #4 of 5)

I don't know anything about them but Jet just came out with 2 benchtop jointer/planer combos. One is 8" and the other is 10".

bakesale1's picture

(post #102491, reply #5 of 5)

swifty - check craigslist for used INCA jointer/planer combo w/ tersa blades. For a small one-person shop, these are a great choice. I recently saw one in Fresno for @ $350. You get 10 1/4" jointing and planing