allen ,, do you have access to a pro shop or lumber yard that will flatten for you? if so then take alook at how much wood your gonna be going threw that needs to be flattened.. sometimes the use of a tool isnt sufficient to warrant the cost of it.. in my expeiernce i started witha old 6" good tool and i made do with it for some time,, but as i got more into it i realized that a 6" isnt nearly as useful as a 8".. but if you ask tod you dont need a jointer at all.. the new saw blades that are availble will make your glue lines fine...been there done that, its not hip allen they do a good smooth cut.. you can get a good used jointer, but you being alittle new at this you might want get a trust worthy person to look at the used ones for you..maybe that carpenter neighbor you have.. as jeff mentioned you can flatten aboard wider than 8" on a 8" jpinter but its not nearly as good as doing it on a larger jointer.. those that say , the majority of your work is gonna be smaller stuff and to precut are right on the money..on the blotchy cherry box i made i had the door stiles cut out of some wide stock and before i ever planed them, i flattened them waited for a week, and they moved some more. then i finished flattening them.. once you take and break the surface of any board it can move again...so be on the lookout for it.. so to shorten this up, my vote would be a 8" but look at the cost of tooling vrs use...
Last edited by larry merlau; 12-04-2008 at 10:38 PM.
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