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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 12-10-2012 03:23 PM

Vintage planes are great. I wouldn’t necessarily advise a #5. I would say grab a jointer since you mentioned an interest in table tops. They are great for glue ups and you can flatten a table very nicely once you get it close. Add a block plane and you can handle anything.

Once you get used to them, you can fill in a bit of other things. A smoother is nice and can surface areas faster and more comfortably than a block plane (not really any better, just faster). A scrub is great for leveling glued panels quickly.

Also you can make your own. I have made a few of my own and they are very inexpensive. Just for support, the first one I bought a kit from Ron Hock. Wonderful product. Once I had made one and found how easy they were to make, I was hooked.

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