|Forum topic by JohnMcD348||posted 10-07-2014 02:30 AM||1180 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
10-07-2014 02:30 AM
I bought a new #5 Stanley Bailey awhile back and it’s still in the box. Haven’t done anything with it yet, haven’t had time. Anyway…. I’ve been reading a lot lately about planes and such and I read in a few places the #5 Jack plane was a good Scrub plane, where the #4 was a better smoothing plane.
When I was shopping for the planes, I decided on the #5 thinking that it’s longer sole would allow me to do the smoothing like the #4 but allow me to flatten, minor jointing work in small areas. You know “Jack” of all trades. A good “make Do” plane until I learned more about them.
So I’m wondering now, if there are other differences between the two. I’ve looked at a few different sites like Superior Works and few others I can’t recall right now. I was wondering if the opening is different between the two? Maybe allowing the #5 to take off more wood by having a larger opening for the Iron/Chipper/Cap to ride into and not allowing it to work as well at smoothing.. Is there any difference other than the length? I know the 4 1/2 and 5 1/2 planes have a larger iron on them. Can those irons be used in the 4 & 5 or would the opening on their soles not allow it?
Thanks for the education. I’m still trying to learn.