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03-23-2010 03:00 AM

Hi. I am just starting to figure out hand planes and am looking for a functional (not collector) jointer plane. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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#1 posted 03-23-2010 03:13 AM

ebay ebay ebay or craiglist

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 03-23-2010 03:49 AM

I would suggest that you check out the reviews here on LJs. When it comes to planes you get what you pay for. It could become a very frustrating effort if you get a sub-standard plane. And using a plane, getting down to .003 or less of a shaving, making a planed joint smoother than you will ever get out of sandpaper will make for a very rewarding project.

-- Don

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#3 posted 03-27-2010 07:34 AM


I too am embarking on the hand plane thing. My first plane was a Record #4 smoother I bought new over 20 years ago.

I just bought a Stanley No.5 (is this a “Jack Plane”, I forget) off of eBay. Be patient and study prices before you decide to buy.

I now have 4 smoother, a block plane, a rabbet / shoulder plane (shop made), and the #5.

I wanted a #7 or #8, but by chance I won a #5, and with my research it turns out to be the right choice.

I don’t joint a lot of boards, or flatten table tops, but I do thickness and true quite a few pieces, (I like to make small boxes).

Much of my work is cross grain, not down the length of the board. The last few strokes are often with the #4.

I’m still interested in finding a good user #6.

My parting thoughts are, Stanley made a lot of good planes, especially in their later models.

You can either trade money for brains or learn what really works and look for a decent used plane. I waited and paid $59 delivered for a solid user. All I did is sharpen the blade.

For prep work (jack or fore plane) have a sharp plane blade that is cambered and keep a block of paraffin close to rub your work piece, stop using it as you near the final thickness.

You can’t true and flatten a board with just along the grain passes.

Good Luck!

It’s a GREAT ride.


-- dust control

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#4 posted 03-27-2010 02:03 PM

A #7 or #8 will be great for flattening larger boards. Everyone’s methods are different…I’d start with a #5 or 5-1/2 at a diagonal to remove the bigger humps, then flatten with #7, and smooth with a 3, 4, or 4-1/2.

Some of the older Stanley Baileys (and Bedrocks) can be excellent buys depending on what you find. I’d expand your search to include older Record, Millers Falls, Sargent, or Union planes. The free classifieds on wwing forums often have planes that have been tuned and sharpened by reputable wwers who frequent auctions and yard sales. Ebay and Craigslist are other good sources.

Here’s a Bailey #7 for $85 shipped from a Woodnet member who I’ve purchased planes from before.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#5 posted 03-27-2010 04:07 PM

I have a #8 Bedrock for jointing and flattening boards and love it. Its a beast and takes a little getting used to for jointing boards but after a couple boards you will do fine. As far as I am concerned after a #5 the next plane should be a jointer. Then you can further add to your collection. After a couple years of using hand planes, I have found my #5, 8 ,4, 60 1/2 & Rabbit plane are all I need and typically use. My 5 1/2 is now dedicated to shooting boards and my #6, #4 1/2 and 9 1/2 have become dust collectors.

There is a #7 Bedrock that appears to be in great shape. It is going for $160. Link below. Let us know what you end up with.

-- Marc

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#6 posted 03-28-2010 10:15 PM

I have a 7C that I can part with. If interested, let me know and I’ll send pics and a price.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#7 posted 03-28-2010 10:45 PM

I bought all my planes on E-Bay. By the time you tune your new plane you will be much more aware of what makes it work than if you buy one that is all tuned up and ready to go. Stanleys, Bailey or Bedrock are fine as are Sargents. I have a Craftsman #7 that was made by Sargent. I joint with it using a shop made fence. It does great wwork. Good luck on the “Slipery Slope”.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 03-29-2010 02:39 AM

Check out flea markets for a used plane. Just set a price in your mind you want to pay. Don’t be afraid to ask the vendor if they will go lower or make a lower offer if something is close to wha you want to pay.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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