What is your FAVORITE Hand Plane?

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Forum topic by 12strings posted 12-24-2013 07:17 PM 1376 views 1 time favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-24-2013 07:17 PM

Sort of like handplanes of your dreams, except this has to be something you ACTUALLY OWN.

+Post a description, or photo, or both.
+Pick a favorite ONE! (no wishy-washy “I like them all” business).
+Wait until you get your new favorite for Xmas, if you want to…or don’t, then you can post one now, and another in a few days.

-Post multiple planes…Just make a decision!
-Use a post just to say, “I could never choose.”


I briefly considered my “new” Type 4 Stanley No. 3…but this one gets way more use. It is an Ohio Tools 22” try/jointer plane with a really thick wedge-shaped iron. Sharpened with a gentle camber, It handles jointing edges and flattening faces easily…and a little work on the wedge means it now adjusts easily both forward and backwards with hammer taps. Plus It has a great patina!

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

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#1 posted 12-24-2013 07:32 PM

A Bedrock #2 that was my grandfather’s. That might be my favorite tool in the whole shop, not must my favorite hand plane.

-- PaulMayer,

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#2 posted 12-24-2013 07:45 PM

Picking just one of my planes is hard, since there are various things I like about different ones, but picking my favorite to use is not, so we’ll go that way.

This Type 4 Bedrock 606 was a restoration project and is the most used plane in my shop.

-- "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 12-24-2013 07:56 PM

Nothing fancy for me, I’d have to go my 60 1/2 Stanley low angle block plane that I bought new back in the 70’s. It is the one I’ve had the longest and seem to use the most. It’s like an old friend, I did upgrade the iron to a Hock and now I get a little more time between sharpenings.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 12-24-2013 08:12 PM

A FrankenBailey#5 jack plane. Handles were remade from Walnut to fit MY hands. Iron is a new Buck brothers from home depot that i sharpened up. Will even do end grain!

Bailey made the base casting, well it was cast by Stanley. Frog and chip breaker, I think came from a Stanley/Victor parts plane. Nice comfy jack of all trades plane. Will do jack plane work, smooth plane work and even shooting board stuff.

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

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#5 posted 12-24-2013 08:18 PM

I think mine is still my WoodRiver #6. Even after buying some Veritas and Lie-Nielsen planes, I still always reach for this Chinese-made fore plane… it just works really well and is the perfect size for most of my planing tasks:

-- Allen, Colorado

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#6 posted 12-24-2013 08:58 PM

My favorite plane is, funnily enough, my newest. Veritas double convex squirrel tail.

-- Bill....... " was you dryin' your nails or a wavin' me goodbye?" Tom Waits

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#7 posted 12-24-2013 10:41 PM

Got one of those Bill, they’re a neat little guy aren’t they ..

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#8 posted 12-24-2013 11:16 PM

My favorite is my Veritas left skew block plane. I love how the skewed low angle blade shaves wood.

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#9 posted 12-25-2013 01:01 AM

Hands down my Veritas low angle block plane.

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Don W

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#10 posted 12-25-2013 01:14 AM

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#11 posted 12-25-2013 01:38 AM

The LN 62. Versatile, cooperative, it can almost do it all. I’ve got three blades with differing bevels that I change when i need to configure it for a different job. LOVE it.

-- Adam - Red Hook, NY

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#12 posted 12-25-2013 01:44 AM

Sorry don’t have a camera- but my favorite plane is the #78 I got from Mauricio. It was a gift from the heart with no strings attached….can’t get any better than that….

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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#13 posted 12-25-2013 02:30 AM

Don, what I wouldn’t give to have one of your infills. Absolutely gorgeous.

I’d have to say my favorite plane would be my flat sided Bedrock 605 with a sweetheart blade. It’s definitely the one that I reach for most often.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#14 posted 12-25-2013 03:14 AM

The plane I like to use the most is a Record #05-1/2. The plane I like to show off the most is a Bailey 5-1/4 Type 13.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#15 posted 12-25-2013 10:16 AM

My most used and favourite hand plane is Stanley #4. Next comes LV LAJ when the job requires various
blade configuration.

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