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Posted on Looking to buy a Jack Plane - Should I get a No 5 or 5-1/2

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#1 posted 12-22-2014 05:29 PM

In my opinion, it depends on what you want to use it for, and how you want to use it. It sounds like you’re not planning on using it for heavy dimensioning or anything like that.

I have an antique #5 set up with heavy camber and use it for hogging off a lot of wood. I like it for dimension and flatten boards, and to knock off corners quickly to make a chamfer.

I have my #5-1/2 set up as a smoother, and love it. I like the weight and size of it.

I’d say, if you’re not planning on doing heavy stock removal, but just for those high spots and edge planing, I like the #5-1/2. Vintage or new, whatever is your preference.

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