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Posted on Getting into Hand Planes/ Which size/ Lie Nielsen?

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#1 posted 11-07-2018 02:19 AM

I’d start off with a #4 smoothing plane. Last year I got a few old planes that are sergeants rebranded (fulton, and dunlap). I believe I got the dunlap for $12 and the #5 fulton for $15 on eBay. Approximately 1 hour of tuning (flattening the sole, and sharpening) produced very thin consistent shavings. I use the smoother fairly often for a variety of tasks. I wish I would have bought them sooner. They save a lot of time that I normally would have spent sanding and do a better job as well.

I’m sure the lie nielsen planes are much much better quality than the planes I have. However, a cheap old plane can produce the same results.

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