Which Plane to buy next

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Blog entry by cdaniels posted 06-16-2014 06:02 AM 1758 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i’m in between a router plane, a shoulder plane, or a rabbet plane. I need it for a variety of things such as cutting grooves, dados, and things like tongue and groove so which one is going to be the best for all of these purposes?

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#1 posted 06-16-2014 10:36 AM

I tend to use my shoulder planes more.

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#2 posted 06-16-2014 12:39 PM

My shoulder plane is my favorite so far. I don’t own a router plane nor a rabbit plane.

I have used my shoulder plane to clean tenons and dados but the one time I tried to make a dado with it, I gave up and used the electric router. I just couldn’t get a good start on the dado. It was a large dado, so I think I would have opted for the router with any of the above.

It does seem to me the router plane might be as versatile as the shoulder plane, but for different functions.

I also did some rounding over with the shoulder plane.

The shoulder plane was the only plane I own that was narrow enough to fit in those rounded areas. I was astounded by how simple it was to achieve such good results with it.

I should note that the 1/4” cove was done with the router. I don’t have plane capable of that.

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