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#1 posted 11-02-2012 05:08 PM

I’m big on the standard Bailey #4 and #5. I have a low angle jack and hardly
ever use it. I have a L-N bronze #4 and use that a lot. I think the
added mass gives it an edge over iron #4 planes, but I don’t see
much advantage in the Bedrock-style frog.

I use a standard Bailey #5. Actually I prefer a corrugated sole #5,
but the preference is probably irrational.

I owned a #8 for awhile but it is a very heavy plane and I sold
it. In over 15 years of woodworking I’ve never owned a #7 but I intend to pick one up one of these days. I use
a 24” wooden jointer I made occasionally, but I generally
joint longer edges on a machine jointer and the #5 does
fine for shorter boards and is handy.

One thing I can say about the premium planes is they do
hold some resale value a lot better than power tools do,
so it’s hard to choose badly. If you only have experience
with low angle planes you may not know what you’re
missing out on with standard-pitch planes.

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