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#1 posted 03-02-2015 07:25 PM

+1 on the no. 5. A no. 7 is a thing of beauty too, but the No. 5 is really the standard, go to, everyday tool. They are everywhere, you can find them cheap and easy.

If you don’t have experience with hand planes flattening a large board can be one of the most infuriating experience of your life. There are about as many ways to go wrong as you can imagine. For such a simple tool it takes quite a bit of knowledge, patience and practice to wield.

Watching a YouTube video is a great way to go about it, but even with that help be prepared to put in some trial and error as well.

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