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Texchappy

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816 days ago

Right now I have two planes:

Old Street Smoother and a 48mm Kanna

I’ve run into the problem of needing planes to do the jobs they are designed for (i.e. trying, jointing, take chunks of wood to get something closer to square fast such as a scrub or jack). I’ve got an Old Street jack and try plane on order and will gladly wait the time for them (6 months).

I set the kanna to work like a block plane for me taking almost moxon toilet paper sized shavings and it did ok. However, that won’t be idea for the middle term I don’t believe.

However, I need something like a jack for in the intermediate. I’ve been hesitant to get something of ebay because I don’t know what to look for and what right would look like when I got it if I had to fix something.

I bet the plentiful Stanley #5 in the used market would serve me well. Where’s a good place to get one fairly inexpensively but I can be guaranteed it won’t be an unfixable paper weight?

Other options for what I need?

BTW, I’m not opposed to wooden stock or transitional with the same needs to work requirement.

TIA
Tony

-- Wood is not velveeta


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RussellAP

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#1 posted 816 days ago

When this guy; http://lumberjocks.com/donwilwol gets on he can hook you up I bet. I got a Stanley Bailey No5 from him with a smoother and jack blade at a very good price.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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DocBailey

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#2 posted 816 days ago

Tony,
Get in touch with Walt Q – an all-around good guy and honest tool dealer (who happens to own a record store). Very reasonable prices.
go here

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David Kirtley

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#3 posted 815 days ago

Patrick Leach also is a good source. He and Walt that was mentioned above have been around many years (probably the oldest online sellers still in business) and have impeccable reputations. I would recommend either with no reservation.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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Loren

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#4 posted 815 days ago

#5 planes are pretty much a foolproof design and there
are plenty of honest and forthright sellers listing them
on ebay. Just look at the auctions and it will be clear
that many sellers do in fact know how planes work and
won’t sell you junk.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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