hand plane group therapy (my journey into it) #7: ok I give block planes are nice to have.

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Blog entry by jacob34 posted 11-14-2013 06:15 PM 1606 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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Don W

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#1 posted 11-14-2013 06:43 PM

addicting little critters ain’t they?

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 11-14-2013 06:46 PM

Welcome to the slippery slope.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 11-14-2013 07:17 PM

Hi Jacob…

Yeah, what WayneC said. I am still a noob, so I try not to broadcast my ignorant opinions. But, I also bought a couple of planes without fully understanding their different configurations and usages. Nevertheless, I ended up with a sweet 50-60 year old No. 4, another No. 4 that I’ve configured for a scrub-plane, my 2nd favoritest plane, a No. 5C (I like those corrugated soles, so there!), a No. 7 I need to restore, and a 100 year old No. 7 from lumber jockey dparkis. And I’ve been learning woodworking only since late August!

Hi, I’m BustedClock and I’m a plane-o-holic.

-- Hey, I'm usually right twice a day! Except where they use 24 hour clocks.

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#4 posted 11-14-2013 07:19 PM

Oooh! I forgot my favorite plane: a 12” beechwood body/jatoba sole plane I made for myself in class! Man, that thing shaves slicker-n-snot!

-- Hey, I'm usually right twice a day! Except where they use 24 hour clocks.

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#5 posted 11-14-2013 07:32 PM

Jacob, yea, it is addicting like Don and Wayne elude to. As for the Aluminum ones, those are more of the collectible types and not so much user types. If you haven’t visited the HPYOD thread or the Blood and Gore pages, they are worth a visit. The HPYOD thread is really long and unless you are into self abuse, I would not read all of it.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#6 posted 11-14-2013 08:27 PM

I have visited the blood and gore and I enjoyed it, and yes I am wanting to collect not use the aluminum planes. Yes they are very addictive. It is fun though as I have kids and a family and there for a budget so I get to look for deals while still looking for what I want.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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#7 posted 11-14-2013 09:39 PM

Once you use a Low angle block on some stubborn end grain, you will wonder why you didn’t try it sooner.

Stanley 60 1/2, MF 56 are excellent block planes (Yes I am an enabler. Welcome to the slippery slope indeed.)

-- - Terry

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#8 posted 11-17-2013 11:54 PM

I can absolutely identify with this. You put a number three and a six in a drawer, they will breed and before you know it theres a bunch of block planes and couple fours in there.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#9 posted 11-18-2013 08:15 PM

No pooh man I think mine are related to mice or bunnies they just keep increasing. I have a litter of a number three and three mini hand planes on the way as we speak.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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