What do plane numbers mean?

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Forum topic by HokieMojo posted 04-18-2008 05:33 AM 6876 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-18-2008 05:33 AM

Topic tags/keywords: handplanes numbers

I’ve tried googling this, but maybe the answer is so simple that no one ever thought that this question would be asked. I’ve been trying to learn a little bit about handplanes by reading online, and have yet to figure out ifthere is any logic to the numbering scheme of handplanes. My only guess is that it may be some type of measurement in inches, but that doesn’t seem right since I think I’ve seen things in the 60’s. Can anyone tell me what the difference between a Stanley #5 and a Stanley #7? Also, are the numbers consistent between brands? I really appreciate any advice.

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#1 posted 04-18-2008 06:31 AM

Go to this web site. You will learn more about planes than you ever thought possible.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#2 posted 04-18-2008 01:08 PM

Hey, thanks, Chico!

-- Made lots of sawdust and pounded some nails. Haven't finished anything, though.

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#3 posted 04-18-2008 01:35 PM

I’d actually visited this site in my research, but for whatever reason did not find the page you pointed me to. I only had time to look at #1, but it looks like it will answer all my questions and then some. Thanks again!

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