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Forum topic by shopmania posted 02-26-2011 06:40 AM 867 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2011 06:40 AM

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I stopped by an auction for an estate sale. the guy had a huge shop with gads of OLD tools in it. Mostly power tools from the 1950’s and 60’s, mostly stuff I already had. I did put a few bids in on some and tools, and I got this Stanley no. 5 plane for $20. It looks like it is decent shape, some corrosion on the side. I’m sure this goes for more new, but don’t really know how much. I’m curious about hand planes, and feel like some of these classic hand tools should be in my shop. I’ve seen a Woodsmith Shop episode on tuning them up. But I’m embarrassed to admit that I still really don’t know why I need one. I’m a a bit of a loss to know how to begin using one with the stuff I’m doing in my shop.

Why do I need one, what does it replace? I have some card scrapers that I use occasionally, and lots of sandpaper of different grits.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#1 posted 02-26-2011 06:53 AM

You dont. You should box it up and ship it to me immediatley. Actually, nothing to be embarressed about. Lots of folks have not used planes extensivley. But you find that in this age of high tech tool usage that sometimes a nice handplane comes in very handy. If you only ever own one that #5 is the one to have. I wont be up late enough to go on about all the uses it will avail itself too but there is loads of info. online. I will add that A #5 is always in my toolbox when we install fixtures and or cabs. or what ever. In fact I still have in the shop the same #5 that I have carried from coast to coast over the years. One of the best mates you could get for your #5 would be a 60 1/2 block plane. But dont get to crazy yet. Study the one you have. sharpen it, clean it, take it apart, use it then use it some more. You will gain the understanding quickly about mouth settings, etc. Enjoy.

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