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#1 posted 02-07-2011 04:43 PM

The book “Handplane Essentials” by Chris Schwarz (the editor of “Popular Woodworking”) would be a good investment.

That said, a plane will normally joint the edge of a board that is approximately three times the length of the plane’s sole. A #5, with a sole length of 14 inches will thus joint an edge up to about 42 inches long.

You can find a great many used Stanley/Bailey #5’s at antique stores, flea markets, garage sales, ect. at reasonable cost. Bying a used plane will likely require some clean-up and sharpening, but this is an excellent way to become familiar with how a hand plane works.

Again, the above book will shorten your learning curve considerably.

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