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#1 posted 06-08-2012 11:54 AM

I’m far from an expert on hand planes, but I have been a “student” in two of Christopher Schwarz’s classes at the Woodworking in America conferences. Schwarz uses the #6 with a curved blade to rapidly remove material going across the grain. He then uses the #7, with and across the grain, for flattening the board. Finally he uses the #4 for final smoothing. His book, “Handplane Essentials” is very informative. Chris is a heck of a nice guy and very approachable. If you can attend one of his classes at the WIA conference….better yet!

That said, my first purchase of a hand plane was a Clifton #5 from Highland Woodworking. It is a beautiful tool that I often use. It’s especially handy to take off extremely thin shavings from the middle of long jointed boards in order to create a “spring” when gluing, making the ends tighter.

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