How many of the same-kind planes do you own? Do you use them all?

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Forum topic by ColonelTravis posted 02-01-2015 05:20 AM 931 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-01-2015 05:20 AM

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For example, I’ve got 4 #5s – use two and got the other two for parts and to have extra blades sharpened at different angles. Was at a flea market today and saw 3 really cheap #5s (all seemed to be type 11-12). Didn’t get them but geez I wanted to get them. Right now as I type this I’m thinking – wish I got them.

Do you hoard multiple planes of the same #? Is there a reason to get a bunch other than just to get a bunch? Clean up and re-sell? Use? Hello is this thing on?

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#1 posted 02-01-2015 05:38 AM

I am a sucker for #3’s. I have 3 of them, a lie Nielsen,Wood river and an old Stanley. The wood river is heavy and has a short toe,I like the weight sometimes & hate the short toe. The LN is my dream plane but the one I go to the most is the old Stanley. The Stanley is the lightest and shaves as good as the others. I sharpen them at the same angle and I like not having to stop planing when an iron goes dull,I just switch planes.

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#2 posted 02-01-2015 05:43 AM

My little cabinet has got full so I’m considering getting
rid of a #5 and a #4. That would leave me still with
two of each I think. I keep one #5 in my installer

I don’t have much reason to hoard ‘em but if you
do a great deal of work with planes you might want
some set up different, cambered vs. straight ground
and so forth.

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#3 posted 02-01-2015 06:37 AM

No multiples yet. I do have 2 blades for my low angle smoother though.

I’ve got:
Stanley Block plane that I don’t know the number on
Stanley #65
Harbor Freight #33 Windsor plane (will probably give it away soon)
Lee Valley Low Angle Smoother
Stanley 5 1/4
Stanley #6
Stanley #8
Stanley #80
And a round bottom spokeshave I don’t remember the maker of at this time.

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#4 posted 02-01-2015 02:10 PM

I’ve got a a 4 1/2 stanley and the same miller’s falls (can’t remember the number). Use niether one. I use my block plane and 4 for about 90% of my work. Every once in a while, I’ll use my 5, but not often. I am a hybrid guy, so I don’t really have much need for the 6,7, or 8. I use my planes mostly for smoothing and taking little bits off.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#5 posted 02-01-2015 05:26 PM

Some how I wound up with four #5 planes. One is a low angle jack (not actually a #5)
A couple I inherited from two different people.
Wouldn’t feel like I had too many if I had all the other numbers I’m missing.

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#6 posted 02-01-2015 05:53 PM

I have 3 #5 planes, one is a bedrock 605, and one is a type 11-13 that I recently restored, and one type 15 (or there about) #5. I have two #6’s but only use one, two 4 1/2 and only use one, the other needs a full overhaul. One #3, and a #4, neither of which I use very often. A craftsman branded Stanley #65 that I really like. I think the just about sums it up. I also don’t think I answered your question very well ColonelTravis!

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#7 posted 02-01-2015 07:52 PM

I know I have 4 user #5’s (2 are actually 505s) in my shop in different configurations. I use them all at times.

I have multiple smoothers, but my typical goto is the 604.

I have multiple scrapers because they just seemed to follow me home. I do use them, just to justify keeping them.

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#8 posted 02-01-2015 08:02 PM


-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#9 posted 02-01-2015 10:18 PM

All but a half dozen of my planes are users. That said there is a core set of #3 through #8 that hang in the plane till behind the bench that are used 90% of the time. There are also several of each size storied under the bench and on the wall over the second bench. The daily users are a mix of Stanley, LN, Lv, and Woodriver.

The answer to your question is yes, I have multiple planes of each type, yes I use all of them, I don’t have ‘em just to have a bunch of planes. They are all used and no, none are for sale.

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