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Armandhammer

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01-30-2014 11:53 PM

I want a joined. I can get a nice #6 for a decent price. Is it an acceptable substitute for a#7 or should I just hold out for a #7?


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#1 posted 01-31-2014 12:18 AM

I know a lot of folks get by using a #6, but I certainly reach for my #7 much more often. Honestly, I haven’t used my #6 in a long time.

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

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#2 posted 01-31-2014 12:20 AM

I used to use my #6 for jointing, it is more than possible. But I’ll tell you, the extra mass helps a lot, as well as the longer surface area.

Not to mention, holding a #7/#8 is just awesome!

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#3 posted 01-31-2014 12:21 AM

Hold for an 8, or, better yet, get one of each!

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

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#4 posted 01-31-2014 12:24 AM

Agree smitty. I have two of each, 6-8. Don’t necessarily need that many, but man it’s cool to look up and see all that beautiful iron!

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#5 posted 01-31-2014 12:49 AM

Or in the case of us tool chest devotees, looking down!

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#6 posted 01-31-2014 12:53 AM

Get an 8!

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mvflaim

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#7 posted 01-31-2014 02:01 AM

No 6’s were considered tool box jointers as they would fit in carpenter’s tool boxes. If you don’t plan on traveling with your plane, save up for a No 7 or 8. I have a No 8 and love the mass.

You could also consider buying a Stanley No 32 transitional jointers. I have one of those and use it all the time.

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Armandhammer

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#8 posted 01-31-2014 02:05 AM

Yeah, sounds like I’ll skip the #6.

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#9 posted 01-31-2014 07:00 AM

A&H, I have one of each. I sharpened my #7 square, with no camber. I use it for jointing. My #6, I sharpened with a camber and use it to flatten boards. I really like it in this role. I also like the size of it. To me it has a nice balance between length and weight. Unless you’re jointing 6’ to 8’ boards, you could also use it as a jointer. My #8 has a small camber and I use it to flatten larger boards.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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richardwootton

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#10 posted 01-31-2014 07:05 AM

TOF why you gotta show off? I’ll trade you my union 6 for your full tool chest…

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

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thedude50

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#11 posted 01-31-2014 07:22 AM

A no 6 is a try plane you can joint with it but I only use a 606 for the faces I use a 608 for jointing you see its all about the length. I recommend you go to pbs . com and check out the episode of the Woodwrights shop on hand plane basics with Christopher Schwartz. I only use a 607 or a 608 for jointing I have always preferred the Bedrock style of plane like a no 8 from LN. or a vintage 608 bedrock the longer jointer will help you with not getting a Banana effect on your boards. Good luck

here is the link to the video well worth a look http://video.pbs.org/video/2172600556/

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Farkled

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#12 posted 01-31-2014 05:44 PM

I have 2 of the #6 size. One is a sentimental favorite. I’m in the process of getting the second one set up with a pronounced camber because I tend to use them as larger jacks. I would suggest that you hold out the the #7 and when you can, get a good 30”+ wooden jointer.

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Mainiac Matt

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#13 posted 01-31-2014 07:53 PM

great link Lance….. that was a really funny video clip.

I was surprised to see that Chris Swartz makes very little distinction between a fore (#6) and a jack (#5) plane.

I have a Baily #6C that is a favorite, just because it’s old, I’ve had it a long time and it always seems to do the trick.

Since I have a low angle block, a #4 and a #6, I think I’ll keep my eyes open for a #8 and then call it a set.

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Armandhammer

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#14 posted 01-31-2014 08:34 PM

I’m intrigued by the wooden plans. I see so many “old timey” wood workers on youtube using them. I don’t know much about them and I’ve tried finding some information about them so I could maybe start looking into them. I think a big’ol wooden jointer would be great to have. I’m looking for a #7/#8. Hoping to hit a flea market this weekend. Doubt I’ll be lucky enough to score anything like that but hoping to maybe grab some other items at least.

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#15 posted 01-31-2014 08:44 PM

Hold out for an 8… really.. do it. I was in the same boat, started with a 6 immediately wanted a 7.. got one and started looking for an 8. Just skip the red tape and get an 8 right up front.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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