|Forum topic by JeffP||posted 07-03-2015 10:05 PM||909 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
07-03-2015 10:05 PM
At this point I have “amassed” what to me seems like a cornucopia of Stanley planes.
I got tired of waiting for my (non woodworker) Dad to decide he was done with his #4, so I recently gifted myself a brand new Sweetheart #4 from woodcraft. It is, as the name says, a sweetheart.
Today, I was looking for something else in a crate in my shop and ran across a rusty old #2 that I “knew I had laying around somewhere”. On a lark, I pulled it out and spent a couple of hours bringing it back near its former glory. Looks ok now, and works pretty well. I don’t know jack about sharpening plane blades yet, so probably did that poorly. Might just buy a new one.
Anyway, spurred on by my recent upsurge in plane quantity and quality, I rummaged some more and found an old #3 that I scavenged from one of my grandfather’s estates several years ago and never did anything with. This thing is in just as bad a shape as the #2 was this morning. I haven’t refurbished it just yet.
Looking at the 3 planes sitting next to each other on my bench, I was puzzled about what sort of a situation one might find oneself in where neither the #4 nor the #2 was the “goldilocks” plane at the moment.
The #2 and the #4 are different enough in size, weight , and shape that they “seem” like different animals. Not just big and little, but different tools for different uses.
The #3 on the other hand is shaped so much like the #4, and not all that much smaller. Please educate me…what’s it good for?
-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.