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Hi Folks:

As a maker of dovetailed hand planes I rarely find my way out of the Neanderthal (Hand Tools) forums. In the course of our business though, we are looking to purchase a dedicated Jointer. I must admit, I am not enough of a purist that I want to use a hand plane on cocobolo for our production needs.

We currently have a combination machine (10 ¼” Techna Jointer/Planer, 2 HP). It basically allows us to dress large pieces of cocobolo, typically 6”X3”X42”. I could re-build this machine but, I am more inclined to move to a dedicated Jointer. Any suggestions?

Sincerely,

Doug
doug@shepherdtool.com
www.shepherdtool.com
 

Chris Knight

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Doug,

Considering the odd shapes and sizes of nice infill wood you might end up using and assuming you have the space, I suggest you look for an older industrial machine in the 12- 16 inch range with a big heavy cutter block - something like an old Oliver or somesuch. These machines are often available relatively cheaply and were built to last.
 
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