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Combo Prof

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08-03-2016 02:59 AM

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My plan was to collect hand tools now while I have income, that I would use as my retirement (in 4 years) hobby. I never thought it would be so easy.

In these last couple of years I have acquired the following Stanley planes, mostly through garage sales but some were trades, some were bought from LJs and some from e-bay.

  • Bench planes: 3, 4, 4½, 5, 5¼, 5½, 6, 7, and 8
  • Combination planes: 45,46,50, and 55
  • Tongue and groove: 48 and 49
  • Fillester and side rabbet planes: 78 and 79.
  • Block planes 60, 9½, 9¼.
  • Router planes 71 and 71½.

I also have a Stanley 80 ( but its an e.c. sterns).

I have all kinds of spoke shaves and draw knives. I have a scorp and a couple of Fros’. I am good on chisels, except I’d like more carving gouges and hook knives or small scorps. I have braces with sweeps 4,5, and 6 inches. A couple of breast drills, a couple of egg beaters, and yankee screw drivers. Marking tools and dividers. A Miller falls Langdon miter box. A variety of saws.

So what am I missing that I may need? Or am I done? Thanks in advance. (I will be at serious tool dealer house in a couple of days.)

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#1 posted 08-03-2016 03:38 AM

Don, I sometimes use the plane that bends in the middle for circular work. Sorry I don’t know the number. I also bought an old Stanley angle gauge that i like using.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 08-03-2016 03:39 AM

Thats a 113 or even beter 20 or 20 1/2. Thanks for the reminder. I probably should have one!

And Al I’ll be posting a new box soon!

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#3 posted 08-03-2016 03:55 AM

Some saws, I like Japanese pull saws, dividers, trammel points, and chisels.

And diamond stones, strops, and green honing compound.

Have fun!

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#4 posted 08-03-2016 04:10 AM

I’m good on stones, green compound, dividers and chisels. I have one Japanese pull saw. I do need a new strop. Good idea on trammel points, and I have a hard time turning down a chisel.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#5 posted 08-03-2016 04:18 AM

Maybe a few of these?

After all, one does need to measure a few things….

How you fixed for squares?

Coping or fret saws?

Have enough hammers and mallets?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#6 posted 08-03-2016 04:36 AM

I do have folding rulers. I could use a large try square and better coping/fret saws. You make your own mallet. I think I have enough hammers.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#7 posted 08-03-2016 04:39 AM

Rasps and files wouldn’t hurt

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#8 posted 08-03-2016 07:32 AM

Rasps and files wouldn t hurt

- TheFridge

I got some, but I could use some better ones.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#9 posted 08-03-2016 12:01 PM

It all depends on whether you are primarily a tool collector or ww’er.
If the latter, sounds like you’ve already got more than enough.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#10 posted 08-03-2016 12:39 PM

Shoulder plane(s)? #92 or #93, even a #278.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#11 posted 08-03-2016 01:01 PM

Definitely get a compass plane. Since getting a #20, it’s expanded the possibilities of my projects greatly. More good quality rasps are next on my list, as well. I’d also suggest stepping up from the #80 and look at a better scraper plane

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#12 posted 08-03-2016 01:39 PM

rwe I did not plan on being a collector. Somehow I’ve started to become one. For example I have all the Sargent plow planes that have the front horn (i.e. No. 196,197,198) for no other reason then the filigree makes them look cool. And also an auto-set for the same reason. I do have Miller falls 10, 14c, 22, 57, 75 because the first plane I restored was the MF 14c and well I like using them. They have sort of become a passion for them. Do for example I often use the MF 10 instead of the Stanley 4 1/2. I also like collecting Auburn Tool Company Molding planes, maybe someday piecing together a set of Hollow and Rounds. And I sort of collect E.C. Stearns when I find them, because I went to High school in Syracuse.

You are possibly correct I probably do have more then enough.

  • The wisdom usually espoused is to only buy a tool when you need it. You don’t have to buy them all at once.

Maybe good advice… if you have continual but sparse income … but not so if you know you will be on fixed income soon. Better to buy now while I have extra money.


Smitty thanks for responding I have only the highest regard for your opinions. Indeed a shoulder plan is on the list, they are just so bloody expensive, I thought I just might settle for a wooden one.


JayT I think you are spot on. I definitely hope to pick up a #20 if he has one.

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#13 posted 08-03-2016 01:55 PM

A high angle smoother and/or scraper plane for figured wood. No matter how well a Bailey/Bedrock design plane is tuned, if you work figured wood they will tear out. A #80 will do it, but a scraper plane is much nicer. Mujingfang makes a ~8-1/2” long 2” blade woodie with a 63° bed angle, HSS iron, for ~$80. LN and Veritas have options as well.

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#14 posted 08-03-2016 02:08 PM

Swann-Morton scalpel with lots of blades.

-- Daniel P

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#15 posted 08-03-2016 02:14 PM

JayT What do you mean by a “better scraper plane”. OSU55 never considered a Mujingfang. Do you mean this one? They seem to be on sale at woodcraft. What are the LN and Veritas options? I’ve been using card scrapers for figured wood.

Daniel I’ll pass on a Swann-Morton scalpel

-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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