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Don W

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#1 posted 02-26-2012 07:01 PM

I’ve got a few, I love finding and restoring them. I’ve made a few and I like using them.

For a smoother, I’d recommend you start with a good old Stanley #4(or equal maker). First, they are relatively reasonably priced. Even cheap if you know what to look for. They are easy to find. Ebay, flea markets, antique shops and numerous online tool sellers have them. If you ever decide you don’t like it, they are easy to unload.

I’ve got 2 #4 1/2 (well, 1 4 1/2, 1 Millers Falls #10, same thing). They are great planes. Just a little wider, making them a little harder to master, and a bit more expensive. Go with a #4.

There are several other options, but they tend to be more personal preferences.

The most important thing about it is you must learn to sharpen them. It doesn’t matter what kind you buy, if its not sharp, its not going to work.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com


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