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Forum topic by Holbs posted 06-21-2015 04:18 PM 1404 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Holbs

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06-21-2015 04:18 PM

I’ve been collecting hand planes from auctions. Some by accident (an auction lot could be comprised of 4-5 items, not just 1), some by design. Is there any need to have too many of the same #? As in the picture below, I have 3 #3 planes, 6 #4’s (recently won a #4 blue Record I want to try out), 1 Fulton 4 1/2, 4 #5’s, 2 #6’s, 2 #7’s, and 1 #8. With misc wooden planes I am still acquiring (3 more are on the way!). Most have serious rust issues where I just HAD to save them from being thrown in the trash. I know the #5 jack plane can be convert to various uses (camber on the blade, scrub plane, etc). Is there any real need to have so many of the same types? I am in the midst of a hand tool cabinet project, so real estate comes into consideration. Here is a picture of my current plane inventory, mostly:

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This past week, I took the plunge to restore / refurbish a Stanley Bailey #4 that was in horrible shape. Forgot to take the before picture. I wanted to learn how to go about this process. Had to buy the drift pin to take the yoke out, the paint, the 6” buffing wheel on my grinder, the green oxide compound for polishing (I can now use with my chisels on leather strop). It was a fun experience that I will apply to the rest of my hand planes in the near future.

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Lastly, anyone know what this wooden plane is? Japanese writing on a sticker. Never seen anything like it:

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I really need a better camera :) Currently, using my smart phone from a older Sprint EVO 3G phone.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"


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AZWoody

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#1 posted 06-21-2015 04:20 PM

You have too many. PM me and I’ll give you my address to unload at least half of them :D

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#2 posted 06-21-2015 04:25 PM

Is there any need to have more than 1 or 2 of the same # ? If not, I was going to donate the extra’s to the local Salvation Army or something.

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#3 posted 06-21-2015 04:40 PM

Sell some so you can buy more.

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#4 posted 06-21-2015 04:43 PM

But H… what do I keep?

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#5 posted 06-21-2015 05:16 PM

I have 3 block planes, a 3, 4.5, 2 5’s, a 7, and an 8. I mostly use the 5 with an 8” radius, 8, and 4.5. I use the three when finishing surfaces up and the block planes for endgrain and chamfering edges. If you had all of them cleaned and tuned up I bet you would find a use for them, but that could take some time. Lots of people have multiple planes set up for different purposes, but I don’t have time to take care of that many blades and worry about which plane is for what. Ymmv, but I’ve chosen to just have a few over having a collection.

-- Daniel S

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#6 posted 06-21-2015 05:29 PM

daniel..so you have 3 block planes. Each does a different purpose?

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#7 posted 06-21-2015 05:51 PM

It is hard to have too many planes if, and it is a big if, you have room and do not have a rust problem. With extra planes each can be set to do a different function. In time they will tell you when you have enough.

Ken

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#8 posted 06-21-2015 06:11 PM

Yes

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#9 posted 06-21-2015 06:18 PM

Two are low angle and one is a newer stanley that I got a few years ago. One of the low angles is a pressed steel model that I let my girlfriend’s daughters use and I just grab whichever of the other two that’s closer at the time. I do put the newer stanley in my box of metal working tools when I go someplace in case I need to adjust a handle or something. Also, I don’t use the 7 very much since I got a new blade for the 8.

-- Daniel S

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#10 posted 06-21-2015 06:21 PM

Maybe I should of asked for each # plane, what are the options? I know a #5 could have camber option, a second #5 could have different camber. Might be time to read a reference hand plane book.

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#11 posted 06-21-2015 06:28 PM

Realistically? You have enough

For collecting? Never enough

If they cost you a few bucks a piece? Get all you can.

Through use, you will find which ones you prefer and go back to for you users for you bench planes. The rest? Donate or sell or keep on the shelf. Whichever you prefer. I only say, don’t let them go to waste if you let them go. Which I don’t think you will do.

Need more pics of the Japanese plane. Looks kinda like a plow of some sort but it also doesn’t. Mainly because of the Fence of some sort. I’d guess on the cheap end simply because I don’t think they put wing nuts on mid- high end Japanese planes. Just a guess.

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#12 posted 06-21-2015 06:44 PM

You need to go look at DonW ’s home page. Scroll thru a few of his pictures … then you’ll be asking

”Where can I get more planes? I dont hardly have ANY!”

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#13 posted 06-21-2015 06:47 PM

Yes, I referenced alot of DonW’s and Dan’s info on restoring hand planes. The public sharing info help out alot with my own restoration. But I do wonder…where do they keep all their planes? :) With a upcoming hand tool cabinet / plane till project coming up, I have to consider what planes I’ll have for storage and real estate. And what planes are not needed / redundant.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#14 posted 06-21-2015 07:08 PM

I would say get married. Then your wife will let you know when you have enough!

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#15 posted 06-21-2015 07:15 PM

Just ordered The Handplane Book by Hack, Garrett. This should help answer some questions

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