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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 11-05-2010 05:50 PM

As far as the size, it doesn’t make any difference what you use with a shooting board. The edge of the board guides the blade and not the sole. The thing you might want to consider is a low angle plane for the shooting board. You will mainly be going against end grain. A little block plane would work fine on a shooting board but the only real drawback is that you don’t have much to hang on to.

As far as what you use for a smoother size, it is hand size and blade width that will matter most. Some people like a smaller #3, some might want to go up to a #4-1/2. I prefer my #5-1/2 for a jack to a #5. It just fits better.

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