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JayT

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#1 posted 03-02-2015 10:35 PM

You are correct that a longer plane gives a flatter surface, our point is that a #7 is not the best plane to learn on. A #5 can get you a pretty flat surface and is much cheaper and easier to handle to start out. You will want to practice on some scrap before moving on to lumber you actually want to keep looking good. After you know that you can tune and use a hand plane well, and like it, then you can move on to some other sizes.

After all that, if you really want a larger plane to start with, look at #6’s. They generally go for half the price of #7’s and are just as good for almost any task. My #7 size rarely leaves the till, I do most jointing and panel flattening with a #6 size.

-- https://www.jtplaneworks.com - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.


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