So when I started down this hand plane road I will admit I did not have any idea what I was doing. I purchased hand planes on E Bay with the opinion that I could figure it out as I go, kinda a shot gun approach if you will. This resulted in some purchased that I fell in love with such as a 5 1/4 bench plane that honestly at this point is used more as a smooth plane than a fore plane. I also though bought a block plane well a few, okay, okay I bought like five but they were all different quality of a less than great design. I am sure all of you who have hand planes know the one I am talking about. I hate them, I am sure they are functional and I have three or four I would part with if you do. It is so bad that my ex father inn law gave me one of the a few months ago and we are not buddies so there you go.
Anyway to move the blog back to a conversation versus a rant, I finally decided to give the block plane another try and focused on A. better quality and B. I wanted a variable mouth. I decided not to go with low angle although I know many people online and probably if I knew any woodworkers in person would recommend them. I found and purchased to block planes a Millers falls and a craftsman.
I was happy to find that they were easy to use and functioned rather well, I apologize to all those who said that the block plane was essential for I doubted. I have used them on several projects and am convinced.
On a second thought with hand planes, I have found myself buying planes for the purpose of just collecting with no desire to use them on a project. While looking for a certain plane, I forget which one, found a Stanley A6. I was floored that is kinda cool, not something I want to use at my bench but very cool. As always Hi I am Jacob and I am addicted to hand planes.
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