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    I doubt when you calculate out machine depreciation, wear on bits, your time to handle material and set it up and then machine time, there is any money to be made on planing boards. I would be seeing this as a trade opportunity. He has a portable saw mill and wood costs him very little. You have a CNC and actual out of pocket to machine the wood is relatively little. I would be looking to have him trade X number of boards for you to keep for X number of boards you machined. You both send customers each other's way. Sometimes arrangements like that can make both of you more profits than just collecting a small payment for one job. Just make sure he understands that there is more to it than just slapping a board on your table and hitting a button on the computer.

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    Milo, yeah that's what we've been doing he gotten me 4 jobs so far (other than plaining) so we'll probably continue on with our current agreement, my only concern is that his boards are air dried and not kiln dried.

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    As long as you use a Carbide Router bit 12mm or higher, you can run it all week before resharpening, it doesnt matter if it`s a hardwood, kiln dried or air dried sir. the shop has been plaining very hard wood (indoneasian hardwood) for a year now and I only bought 3 pcs. 12mm double flute straight carbide tool bits ($1.85 each) I never broke it yet so far.



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    You are planning with s 12mm bit? Doesn't that take forever? I have n 1 1/2" surfacing bit & just purchased this one to level my vacuum table pieces when I get it made.

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    Is that because of the replaceable cutting edges?

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    That, and it'll be almost twice as fast as the 1-1/2" bit you are using.

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