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I've read one can get rough cut timber and use a planer/ thicknesser to prepare the stock one wants, at quite a considerable saving. Could someone explain, illustrate to me how this works out in practise?
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If you can buy relatively straight rough lumber for around 30% less than dimensioned lumber, a good bit can be saved over time. Further, you'll have the ability to produce your own thinner stock.
I would not want to be without a planer/thicknesser.

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Peter,

I can get 4/4 oak for about $2.75 a board foot. To buy it local at the home store it can be over 3 times that. You are also stuck with the widths and thicknesses on hand, forcing me to buy stock bigger than I need and cut it or plane it anyway.

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I think it comes down to the bottom line thing,If you have a band saw that you can use to re=saw with and a planer, that's about 600.oo in tools " considerable saving" yes if you use a lot of thin stock but if not ,it's not considerable savings, you can buy lumber ready to go the norm..or ask a mate cut it down and to plane it down for you..

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I don't know that any tool purchase can be "cost-justified" without knowing the specifics of a woodworker's projects. For me a planer gives me all kinds of flexibility in determining the thickness of wood I use on any project. It allows me to take a 2 inch rough cut board and make it into whatever I need. I can also take trees I cut down and create usable wood after drying the band-sawn boards. A planer also saves all kinds of time in hand planing or sanding. Like a lot of tools once you have it possibilities open up.
I do believe however that it will pay for itself by allowing me to buy much cheaper wood and then finish it myself.
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The savings that you get on dimensioning your own lumber will offset the cost of the planer in very short order. As someone else pointed out, rough lumber can be bought for substantially less than lumber that you get at the borg that has already been milled. Rough cut lumber is all I buy except for cheap pine (which I use very little of). If I had to buy lumber already dimensioned, the cost of most projects that I do would be out of sight.

I started with a 12" Grizzly planer, and got by with that for many years. I recently upgraded to a 15" Delta. The planer cost me just over $1000.00, but there is no doubt in my mind that I have recouped that money in savings in the year or so that I have it.
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Being cost effective is not just about saving on the purchase price of machined timber. You have to take into account the labour time element. It will obviously be cost effective if it is used a lot. There is a break even point that can mean it is not cost effective if it is only used occasionally. Also consider working space required additional costs such as extraction, tooling and training that all need to be accounted for.
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The savings that you get on dimensioning your own lumber will offset the cost of the planer in very short order. As someone else pointed out, rough lumber can be bought for substantially less than lumber that you get at the borg that has already been milled. Rough cut lumber is all I buy except for cheap pine (which I use very little of). If I had to buy lumber already dimensioned, the cost of most projects that I do would be out of sight.

I started with a 12" Grizzly planer, and got by with that for many years. I recently upgraded to a 15" Delta. The planer cost me just over $1000.00, but there is no doubt in my mind that I have recouped that money in savings in the year or so that I have it.
Thanks, I was pretty sure that getting a Planer / Thicknesser would be cost effective for the work I have in mind, by what you say, now I'm certain. I have my eye on the Dewalt 733 which I can get for a good price, new. I'm also looking into the features to look for in a bandsaw, would be good to get one for resawing and it has several other uses.
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