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A few weeks ago I stumbled across the website Woodgears (woodgears dot ca) and found plans for a thickness sander. Since then, I have seen a few references to "thicknessing" wood. So, my question is, what is the difference between "thicknessing" and planing wood? Aside from the obvious that one method sands the stock down to a certain thickness and the other cuts... I am wondering if there is a difference in the end result. If, in general, one method is preferred over the other.
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Thickness = verb, to render a stick uniform in thickness = planing or sanding. Can be done x hand but usually done in a machine that produces a stick of constant thickness.
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Also, in other parts of the world, what we in the U.S. call a planer is known as a thicknesser, and what we call a jointer is referred to as a planer. So when someone says they are thicknessing wood, it is the same as saying planing wood down.

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The main difference is that the planer will leave a relatively smooth surface but will need further sanding to give a finished surface and it is able to remove a fair amount of thickness per pass. Where as with the "sander" thicknesser you can achieve a finished surface from the start but, it takes longer because it only removes very small amounts per pass. I guess it depends on what you are wanting to accomplish and can afford. Some shops have both machines.

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I wanted to assume they were pretty much the same, however, I have only ever seen and used a planer a planer (with blades) and didn't realize there were other methods. Since I had never seen a thickness sander I wasn't sure if there was (is) any benefit to that way of planing/sanding stock down.

Thank you to everyone of the input. I am much the wiser for it.
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Major benefit to thickness sanding: Zero tearout.
Major detriment: Most sanded surfaces need more sanding after thickness sanding.
If there is no vibration, the feed exact and uniform, the paper is new:
Then finish quality sanding can be realized from a thickness sanding tool.
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