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Forum topic by nwbusa posted 08-02-2012 09:16 PM 1068 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-02-2012 09:16 PM

I’m the process of building a wall-mounted hand tool cabinet over my workbench, and I am at the point of building the plane till. I’m wondering if I have all of the planes I need at this point. That’s a tough question to answer, I know. Let me provide a few details that might be helpful.

I have the following planes now:

—Veritas bevel up jointer
—Veritas low angle jack
—Veritas bevel up smoother
—Veritas low angle block plane

I also have a few Records and Stanleys, but they won’t be stored in the wall cabinet.

Given the versatility of the bevel up planes (I have all of the various blades), am I missing a crucial plane that I need to build space for in the till? I’m mostly talking bench planes here. I do plan on adding a couple of shoulder planes, a router plane, and a bullnose plane to what I have now.

The only bench style plane that I think I might be missing is a scraping plane, for highly figured woods.

I don’t do a lot of (if any) large scale milling with my hand planes, so I am not sure I need a scrub, or a fore plane.

What I am trying to avoid is building the plane till too small, then realizing “Oh crap, I need another bench plane”. At the same time, I don’t want to waste cabinet space by leaving empty slots for planes I don’t have now and might never need.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#1 posted 08-02-2012 09:35 PM

You may want to think about a compas plane (circular plane).

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#2 posted 08-03-2012 01:23 AM

Don’t be so hasty to do without a coarse plane like a scrub or a fore plane. It is like giving up coarse sandpaper and doing everything with 1500 grit. Sometimes you just want to remove wood quickly. You don’t have to set it rank and hog out 1/8” at a time. Just a gentle radius that removes wood with authority :)

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#3 posted 08-03-2012 01:54 AM

You have a nice collection. :)
I have the low angle block and low angle jack plane, and plan on adding the bevel up smoother and bevel up jointer as well. I really like that the bevel up planes take the same blade. Christan Becksvoort actually wrote an article, One Bench Plane Can Do it All, in reference to using a low angle jack plane a 4 different blades to handle all the different types of wood. It’s worth a read. I’ll probably follow his advice and get the extra blades. I already have the 25 and 38 degree blades; I just need the toothed blade and one I can grind at 33 degrees. The low angle jack is a very nice plane indeed.

Here’s what else I’ll be adding:
Veritas Medium Shoulder Plane
Veritas Apron Plane

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#4 posted 08-03-2012 02:19 AM

I suppose I could leave an open slot for a scrub plane. I do have a Record jack plane that I could set up with a cambered blade, but I find that the Veritas totes fit my hand much better.

Thanks NW, I will check out that article. I’ve been really impressed with the bevel up planes so far.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#5 posted 08-03-2012 02:22 AM

I have planes that run from #2 through #7 bevel up & bevel down. The one I use the most is a LN fore plane and next an old #3 Stanley. When I bought the #6 I did not expect to use it much but what a work horse. I also like the ability to adjust the shaving on the fly (so to speak )with the bevel down planes,you just gradually adjust the cut to the thickness you want. You are right to give this proper thought my planes are scattered around the shop. I am getting there I just finished making my saw till with 12 slots in it, now wishing it had a few more.

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#6 posted 08-03-2012 02:24 AM

I am trying not to think about saws too much yet… that’s a whole other conversation with SWMBO that I have to prepare for! :)

-- John, BC, Canada

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