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Forum topic by Armandhammer posted 162 days ago 735 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Armandhammer

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162 days ago

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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richardwootton

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#1 posted 162 days ago

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 162 days ago

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 162 days ago

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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lateralus819

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#4 posted 162 days ago

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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theoldfart

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#5 posted 162 days ago

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

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

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ColonelTravis

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#6 posted 162 days ago

Get an 8!

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#7 posted 162 days ago

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 162 days ago

Yeah, sounds like I’ll skip the #6.

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#9 posted 162 days ago

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 162 days ago

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 162 days ago

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 161 days ago

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 161 days ago

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.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Armandhammer

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#14 posted 161 days ago

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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Airframer

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#15 posted 161 days ago

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 - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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