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Forum topic by 12strings posted 01-27-2014 08:33 PM 704 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12strings

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01-27-2014 08:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jack plane planes camber iron

So this is another “which one would you keep” thread:

If you had 2 jack planes, (no. 5 or equivalent…both bevel down) And you wanted to only keep tools you use often, would you…

1. Use one with a cambered iron for roughing and one with a straight(er) Iron for small jointing/smoothing.

2. Get rid of one, but keep 2 iron/Chip-breaker sets, knowing that you will mostly use the cambered iron for roughing, but want to keep the other options for occasional use.

3. Get rid of the straight-ironed jack plane, keep the cambered one for roughing. (This and all of the above options assume you also have at least a Smoothing plane, jointer plane, and block plane).

4. Something I haven’t thought of yet.

THANKS!

-- 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 01-27-2014 08:46 PM

I just used my two 605’s a few days ago. One cambered, one not.

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#2 posted 01-27-2014 08:50 PM

I have 4. I leave one in my carpentry stuff and the other 3 set up
for different things.

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#3 posted 01-27-2014 08:52 PM

I got it bad..

1 non-cambered jack, smooth bottom ( Franken Bailey #5)
1 cambered jack, smooth bottom (Cosair C-5)
1 non-cambered jack. has a grooved bottom ( Ohio Tool Co. #05c)
1 cambered jack, with a grooved bottom ( Sargent #414c)
1 Stanley Four Square Junior Jack, smooth bottom.

Might be just enough for this shop???

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

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#4 posted 01-27-2014 09:00 PM

I say always at have at least one spare. When ever I come across cheap blades/chip breakers I pick them up. Makes it easy to have different options available.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 01-27-2014 09:11 PM

I’ve got 2 and I’m pretty sure I could use one or two more. That’s not counting the bevel-up jacks that I’d like to add to the stable. All this talk of fewer planes is making feel very confused.

Awesome bench by the way Don W. You have the best legvise handwheel ever. I’d be willing to trade my two jacks for it if you ever get tired of it… :)

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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Don W

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#6 posted 01-27-2014 09:17 PM

Thanks, it’ll take more than a couple of Jacks (yea, the planes not the bourbon) . I love that thing. All I need to do it give it a shove and momentum does the work.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#7 posted 01-27-2014 09:21 PM

Don, did you remove the top from it’s base to reflatten it?

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

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Don W

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#8 posted 01-27-2014 09:26 PM

look at the last few entries of my workshop post Its will be getting a new base cabinets and it was moved to a window seat.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#9 posted 01-27-2014 09:29 PM

Pure opinion, but jack planes are not the kinds of things where we have to make do with the ‘have one, use many irons’ approach. A quality T11 pre-war Stanley can be had routinely for around $40 or less; why not have one of each? Saves time while in production mode and eliminates the hassle of iron changes.

Don and Loren have it right…

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

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#10 posted 01-27-2014 09:51 PM

Like some of these

four out of five taking a break..

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

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12strings

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#11 posted 01-28-2014 01:08 AM

Well, I already have 2, one with a heavy camber, and one almost straight. For a while all I had was 2 jacks, and a block plane, but have since gotten a jointer and smoother…and have found that I don’t use the non-cambered jack very often anymore…except when one of the others starts getting dull and I don’t want to sharpen.

I suppose that in itself is a good reason to have extra, except it means more to sharpen overall.

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

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ColonelTravis

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#12 posted 01-28-2014 05:26 AM

I have three 5s and you can have them when you pry them from my cold, dead hands!

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exelectrician

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#13 posted 01-28-2014 08:05 AM

Two Jack Planes …? Hell Yeah!!!!!

Time to go and some more – just in case….

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#14 posted 01-28-2014 09:11 AM

I have and use two, but there’s a pristine Millers Falls waiting for me at the flea market, at least I hope it’s still there. That will make three for me, but I wouldn’t mind having four.

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

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#15 posted 01-29-2014 06:41 PM

I have a no. 5 with a moderately cambered iron that is my usual jack, a 5 1/2 that I use more as a small jointer/large smoother (ala David Charlesworth) and a scrub for heavy stock removal on big pieces.

I understand wanting to get rid of superfluous tools as I am doing the same in my shop. I would try doing a project with only one and switching the blades like you say and see if you miss the other. That’s what I do when I am considering selling a tool—work without it for a while and see how it goes.

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