Originally Posted by Picton
This puzzles me. Unless your saw leaves a perfect finish (not likely), I don't see how you wouldn't have to plane after cutting...
As for the face planing (what Mike was talking about), tearout shouldn't be a problem unless you're running your workpiece through the planer across the grain. In which case you've got big problems.
I've glued up lots of panels, and only VERY rarely have I had them glue up perfectly flat, smooth, and parallel. Even if the difference is minuscule, I still plane after I glue and cut.
I plane after I glue the sides together, but not after I cut out the body. I have a drum sander, too, if working with figured wood.