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Forum topic by 12strings posted 330 days ago 651 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12strings

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330 days ago

What situation do you find best suits a no. 6? If you already have a 5 and a 7, at what point do you look at your work and decide it needs a # 6? do you really need one at all?

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!


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Don W

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#1 posted 330 days ago

I typically don’t use a #7. I’m not really sure why. I use my #6 for jointing shorter work. Yes a 7 would work, but a 6 suits the work better. If I’m flattening a small panel, same thing, I’ll use a 6.

Do you need it? Well, I didn’t need that second beer after dinner, but I still drank it. I’ll let you decide.

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mantwi

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#2 posted 330 days ago

I’ve never used a #7 but have owned a #6 for about 25 years. It does what I need it to do, knocks down the high spots and preps the surface for the smoothing plane. Will a #7 do it better, that’s what they say but I have no complaints and love my #6. It’s an 11 series (US Pat, Apr 19-10) with a corrugated sole. I need to have my son teach me how to post photos, a picture really is worth a thousand words.

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Woodbridge

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#3 posted 330 days ago

here is an interesting article by Chris Schwarz about the typical use of various sized planes from #1 through to #8.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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bandit571

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#4 posted 330 days ago

Actually, I USED to have a #8 (sold) that was just too big for the stuff i do. Currently have a DE6c, and love it!

Whether as a small jointer, or just leveling a panel, it works for the stuff I build.

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

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JayT

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#5 posted 330 days ago

I have one #6 size set up as a fore plane with a heavily cambered iron for scrubbing rough stock and anything else requiring rapid stock removal. I like the extra mass vs a #5 cambered jack. My other one that size is set up as a jointer and used just as Don mentioned, jointing shorter boards (up to about 4’ long) and flattening smaller panels. I love it for these purposes and do not understand some people’s dislike of the #6.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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sikrap

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#6 posted 330 days ago

I use a 6 for jointing shorter stock and another as a shooter. Of course, if (when) I break down and get the new LV shooting plane, I’ll have an “extra” 6.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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Homebrew

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#7 posted 328 days ago

I use the 6 as a shooter and as a smaller jointer. It’s nice to have because of the iron size. Being the same as the seven, I can keep an iron in the seven with the ends slightly cambered for larger smoothing tasks. I keep the iron in the six with no camber at all. If I need to use the seven as a shooter or jointer, I can easily swap the irons out and if I need to use the six as a smoother, I can swap them out again. Should mention I have a 4 1/2 with a premium iron that is cambered….this iron is the one I use to smooth.

If I were you, I’d sell the 5. Use the money to get a premium iron and chipbreaker from hock. Use this iron for smoothing, put a slight camber on it to not leave tracks. Sharpen the other iron with no camber to use as a wide jointer or for shooting. This one can also be used for rough work prep. Swap them as needed. Eventually buy another premium iron set to replace this one. All will be well.

-- Scott Rieman

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bondogaposis

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#8 posted 328 days ago

I have a 5 and 7, never felt the need to acquire a 6. I can’t picture a situation where I would need it.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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bandit571

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#9 posted 328 days ago

Have a 5-1/4, three #5s, and a #6. Sold a #8c, and a KK7 due to size issues. Do have a Stanley #31( same length as a #8, but half the weight) for jointing long items. The 6 and the 5s get used, a lot. On short items that aren’t too wide, I will use that junior jack. Right now, the #6c is THE go-to jointer/panel smoother in the shop.

YMMV

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

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Loren

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#10 posted 328 days ago

Carpentry.

The #6 has a wider iron than a standard #5.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#11 posted 328 days ago

The only time I find myself reaching for a #6 is when it’s the sharpest one left in the till. Otherwise there’s nothing unique about it, kinda like the #5 1/2 in it’s futility.

That said, it is all about personal preference and what you get used to. 80%+ of the planing I’m doing lately involves a jack plane of some kind along with a low angle block.

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

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theoldfart

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#12 posted 328 days ago

Smitty, resistance is futile, you will be absorbed into the collective. Oops already there.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#13 posted 328 days ago

Rise against the dying of the light! lol

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

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bandit571

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#14 posted 328 days ago

I could really set smitty off, set my DE6c over on the Crochet on the bench..

But, I will be nice, today. Although, the Junior jack plane DOES have a SW iron in it…...

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#15 posted 328 days ago

Hey, it is a useful plane no doubt. How unique it’s capability is what’s open to debate.

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

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