What is the best assortment of planes for a noobie?

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Forum topic by ericandcandi posted 08-25-2009 05:04 AM 1053 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2009 05:04 AM

I realized quickly that power tools alone ain’t gonna cut it. I needed a plane to knock an edge off because the position of a router would be down right dangerous. The only woodstores in northwest Louisiana are big box. Variety is lacking and I just wanted to get the right ones. I probably will order online at woodcraft or rockler but if someone knows of a better place please let me know…...thanks in advance

I would be using them for general woodworking, cabinet and furniture stuff.

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"

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#1 posted 08-25-2009 05:12 AM

Woodcraft planes are suppose to be good. If you only have one plane get a low angle bench plane.

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#2 posted 08-25-2009 06:19 AM

Thanks a1jim. I am thinking maybe purchasing the 3 most used planes in a woodworking shop.

-- ericandcandi in Louisiana- Home of the "LSU Tigers"

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#3 posted 08-25-2009 06:21 AM

a block plane, a number 4 ,and a shoulder plane is a good start.

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#4 posted 08-25-2009 06:31 AM

2 Block planes like a Stanley 110 and a low angle one like the Stanley 60 1/2. And a #4 smoother.

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#5 posted 08-25-2009 11:11 AM

If I were going with 3, I’d start with a low angle block, and a smoother (#3, #4, or #4-1/2), and a small jointer (anything from #5-1/2, 6 or 7 will do fine). It really depends on what you want to do, how you set them up, and how they feel to you. You can do alot with 3, and can add to them later if you want.

I’d be far more inclined to check out the fine older planes from some of the veterans on wwing forums, or Ebay….Stanley Bailey (or Bedrock), Record, Millers Falls, Sargent, Union, etc. Many older planes are actually less work than a tuning a new one, but they’ll all need some setup time, and an edge.


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#6 posted 08-25-2009 03:07 PM

i just started reading Chris Schwarz’s book handplane Essentials. His reccomends; low-angle block, shoulder plane,smoothing plane,and jointer plane. He make good arguments for each one. what i have seen so far is that he tell what each plane is good for and why. so far it has been a good read.

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#7 posted 08-25-2009 03:21 PM

a #5 would be a good all-around plane if you only can have one (can be used as a smoother, or for jointing) but if you can have more than one then I would say:

block plane, #4, #6/#7/#8

and if you can add one more, then:

shoulder plane

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