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#1 posted 12-05-2007 05:46 PM

I’m a hand plane junkie but by no means an expert. I have dozens of hand planes and keep on buying them, it is sort of an addiction.

By far the 3 most useful planes, for me, are my #4, #5, and a stanley low angle block plane. I have several smoothers, basically number 4s, from different makers, and actually prefer the antique 1858 Auburn Tool Co. coffin smoother to all of the other smoothers, including the LN #4 and the Knight japanese style smoother.

Sometimes I just spend an hour using the smoothers on practice wood because I find it so enjoyable.

I have a Stanley 78 that I use for shoulder work, even though I also have a LV shoulder plane. The shoulder plane is a valuable tool, I’d put it at number 4.

Overall though, the jack (#5), the smoother, and the block plane are my 3 choices. I might use the jointer for table tops too wide for the planer, but I also might use the belt sander.

-- Just another woodworker

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