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Posted on I have $500 and no hand planes...

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#1 posted 02-08-2013 09:25 PM

A fine and heavy smoother is the bench plane that will
improve your work the most. For most flattening and
jointing work old Bailey planes will serve just fine, but
for smoothing hardwoods the weight of a premium
plane assists in getting the pressure and momentum
to take consistent shavings at very fine settings.

A fine and heavy shoulder plane is good to have if
you intend to fit mortises by hand.

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