Tool Test: Benchtop Planers

May 2017 Issue 246 Page: 38 Number of Pages: 5.00

Invest in a benchtop planer and it will soon pay for itself in the money you’ll save by buying roughsawn lumber—often from a local sawmill—instead of plunking down full price for fully surfaced boards. And it opens the door to building projects requiring stock in thicknesses other than 34 ". We tested 11 models.