STL236: Does a jointer save you money?
Mike, Barry, and Ben debate if every piece needs the strength of dovetails, cast iron vs. aluminum on bandsaws, whether a jointer saves you money, and the lifespan of tool tests.
Reading the article from Nov/Dec 2015 titled ‘The Enfield Cupboard, Updated’ by Matt Kenny generated a question about joint choices during case construction. Matt dovetails the subtop, but uses standard dados for the rest of the shelves. Since the dovetails are hidden, I’m assuming he did that for strength. Why that joint up top, but not a sliding dovetail for the bottom? Maybe this is a broader question about why you choose different joints for case construction.
I’ve been buying s4s lumber and was wondering how long it takes to pay off a combo jointer/planer machine with the savings. While I’m sure it would be nice to have, am I ever going to save enough money to make it financially worth it?
I am ready to buy a band saw. I have narrowed my choice to two models. One with cast iron wheels and trunnions, and one with cast aluminum wheels and trunnions. Is there an advantage to one or the other? Does it even matter?
I’ve been reading through old Fine Woodworking issues in the archive that I bought. There have been a lot of tool and machine tests over the years. How far back can I go and still use the tool test recommendations? I know that tools and machines are updated periodically, but not as often as many consumer items. Would recommendations for hand tools stay current longer than for machines?
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