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#1 posted 03-02-2015 07:31 PM

I am not a millionaire, or a master craftsman, my opinion is that a #7 is great to finish a surface after you have scrubbed the surface with a shorter plane such as a #5. You can get a good user Stanley plane from Lowe’s for about $60.00. That should be kind of where you should start. I got ( my first) one of the contractor grade Stanley #5s with the plastic handles and it works just as well as a $250.. Lie Nielsen planes.You should learn how to hone it however. Having said that the most used plane I own is a 9 1/2 block plane. Mine is a Stanley sweetheart and I paid twice as much for it as I should have but it is a really nice little plane and good to go out of the box. There is one on sale at Lowe’s right now for $98.00. You won’t understand why it is so important to have a sharp plane iron until you actually have a well tuned, scarey sharp plane to work with. Check with Don W. he has good user planes for a very reasonable price. I bought a few from him that he called “users” because they were not as “pretty” as some of the others. I don’t care,what I want is a good user ,for a good price and that is what I have. I have over the years accumulated from a # 2 – #7 and depending on what I am working on I use all of them. Start in the middle , you can get more later that you need.

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