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Forum topic by alexdom_89 posted 03-09-2014 07:10 PM 1857 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2014 07:10 PM

For the people who use these tools on a daily what are your must have cant live without planes,spoke shaves, cabinet scrapers. I’m currently using a Stanley no3 , no4,no7 and I am looking at getting a few extra tools to add to my users list, I am looking at the veritas bu smoother stanley sw no 62 and veritas spoke shaves or adding a scraper plane to my list. Looking to see weather I really need these or is the guy in the back of my head going crazy looking?

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#1 posted 03-09-2014 07:41 PM

I’d move the scraper plane to the top.

Why the BU smoother when you have 2 smoothers. I get you can’t have to many, so if its just a “I want it” it makes sense, but I question the “need’’.

I’m one of the few guys around here that’s not that big fan of a #62. If its a jack, then a #5 will do for 1/4 of the cost. If its for smoothing you’ve got that covered.

You didn’t mention block planes. I wouldn’t want to be without my #65 or my veritas skewed rabbets.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 03-09-2014 07:44 PM

I’m guessing you aren’t strictly hand tools since you don’t mention saws? If true, what work do you want to do with hand tools besides planing, that will make a big difference on the tools you need; otherwise you’ll just get random answers.

But in general, besides bench planes: marking gauges, marking knives, bevel gauges, scrapers, router plane, shoulder plane

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 03-09-2014 07:56 PM


Here’s the real answer to your question:
1) It doesn’t matter what anyone else recommends to you as your “next” or “must-have” tool; without knowing what your next project, work-style or budget is, these suggestions are meaningless.
So yes, I’ telling the logical part of your brain to buy tools as dictated by project, budget, etc.

2) as to the little voice in your head—well, now you know how the rest of us live—there is no magic number—and soon you’ll be buried in more old tools than you could ever hope to use in several lifetimes.

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#4 posted 03-09-2014 08:15 PM

I have a lot of other users 2 no 5s a compass plane lie nelson block planes veritas block, I want to focus more on hand finishing. I have a pair of dressers to make a bedroom vanity a book shelf and several other projects but my main focus is incorporating more hand tools into my work. I am going for the low angle smoother for the varying grain changes.

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#5 posted 03-11-2014 03:48 PM

+1 Don W. A scraper plane (old Stanley 12 or Sargent 42) will serve you well. 112’s are getting hard to find but there are plenty of 12, 12 1/2 out there on ebay. Really am not impressed with the new Stanley planes.

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#6 posted 03-11-2014 05:03 PM

+1 DocBailey

Alexdom_89 For varying grain you need a high bevel iron. If you do get a low angle smoother do include a high angle iron with the purchase.

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#7 posted 03-11-2014 05:08 PM

Check out this list…

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

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#8 posted 03-11-2014 06:53 PM

That is a nice list thank you for posting that, I am going to order a set of scrapers from lee valley, and I am going to order a low angle smoother and an extra high angle blade. I am also ordering a set of rifters and a rasp or 2. I am also going to put in some more time in using what I have as far as my smoothers I have now.

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#9 posted 03-12-2014 02:21 PM

As mentioned, its really difficult without knowing the kind of work you do, but I would suggest a router plane, a rabbet plane, a shoulder plane and a good hybrid saw.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#10 posted 03-12-2014 03:15 PM

I’m not a fan of acquiring tools this way. Start a project and get the tools that will make sense for that project. Over time your tool set will match the work you do.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#11 posted 04-01-2014 02:53 PM

If you do much mortise and tenon joinery, you gotta get a shoulder plane of some sort to fit the tenons properly. If you really want to finish by hand, a jointer plane is handy, if kind of expensive, but an excellent option is to make a wooden body one yourself. It lets yiu get creative in the selection of the wood(s) used, the general shape and so on. If you have a wide plane in your collection already, you can make one from your scrap pile of hardwoods and use the blade you have, swapping it from the existing plane to the hand made one as needed. Net cost, nearly nothing.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#12 posted 04-03-2014 01:27 AM

I use my bevel up planes on every project. I have 3 blades at different angles and my my bevel up jack I reach for the most, followed by the bevel up smoother followed by my Stanley 4 1/2 plane. I could probably make do with just those. I use my bevel up jointer occasionally but I find the BU jack works for mostly everything. I use my router plane a bunch as well. Almost on every job. Starrett square, sharp buck pocket knife with katana type blade for marking, and the veritas mortise and regular marking guage. Then a good set of bevel edge chisels and a panel saw and a small tenon/dovetail saw. With those alone, you can make a bunch of projects. Start adding curves and then add a spokeshave, a good rasp, and a file. I have a bunch more tools but I don’t use most of the others including my block planes. I use those so rarely and find my 4 1/2 works well. Good workbenches and vises are also a must. You’ll find on certain projects the need for another tool here and there. Rabbet plane and a plow plane would be my next but you can get by without those too with a good saw. But they make like easier for sure.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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#13 posted 04-03-2014 01:30 AM

Ps I rarely use my shoulder plane. I can count on one hand the amount of times I’ve used it. Sharp chisels go a long way.

-- Greg, Owner, Quality Carpet One,

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