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LJackson

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#1 posted 03-02-2015 10:21 PM

Thanks for all of the tips guys. I have put in a bid on a number 7 on Ebay, though I doubt if I’ll get it. I haven’t won anything off of Ebay, ever.

My thought was that a longer plane would make it easier to flatten. Having a long sole on the wood would cause it to ride on any ridges, and the blade would then cut them off level. Much like it is good to have a long bed on a jointer if you want to create a flat edge.

One of the things is that I’m not very coordinated, so if I can get a tool and get it set up to do the task properly with minimal assistance on my part, then I am more confident that I can make the cut or dimension the lumber properly. This is one reason I have shied away from hand tools for so long. I can see how riding a piece of wood along the table saw fence will allow it to cut a nice, straight edge, and I can see what can go wrong with that.

Anyway, I may go with a number five, if I do not win this jointer. I would like to get this bed finished, but it will be delayed as I learn new tools and techniques. I suppose there’s no rush. I’ve got all my life left to learn.


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