A pointer or in some setups, a jointer-planer (additionally recognized in the UK and Australia as a planer or surface planer, and also in some cases also as a buzzer or level top) is woodworking equipment utilized to generate a flat surface along a board’s length. As a pointer, the device operates the slim edge of boards, preparing them for use as butt joints or gluing into panels. A plane-pointer configuration has the size that makes it possible for smoothing (‘surface area planning’) as well as leveling the faces (widths) of boards small enough to fit the tables.
The jointer obtains its name from its main feature of creating flat sides aboard prior to joining them edge-to-edge to create broader boards. Making use of this term probably arises from the name of a sort of hand airplane, the jointer airplane, which is also made use of primarily for this objective.