Shaping Machine vs Planer

In my experience, planers aren’t really intended for curved surfaces. And a shaping machine only has a small cutter so I think it fits into the tight curves much better. But then again, I’ve done bugger all hand shaping. Mainly because I’m lazy.

In my experience:

  • A good planer will cost you $100 to $200

  • A shaping machine will cost you $60,000 to $80,000

Is this what the thread is all about?


It’s pretty cheap for a machine cut blank and about a quarter of the labour. But no, that wasn’t what the thread was about. In my opinion, machines do a better job on the curves than planers, due to the length of the planer base. Feel free to show me a better way.