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

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#1 posted 11-08-2018 10:08 PM

I recommend starting with three planes. I know sounds like an investment but hear me out.

LN planes are very dear and I have heard they are high quality but a well tuned Stanley will do very well for way less. as far as sharpening, you just have to do it and you have to do it a lot no matter what plane you are using.

I would go with a #5 jack plane with a convex iron for roughing work, a #7 for straightening edges and faces, and a #4 for smoothing work. You can learn all there is to know using these three and they are all very versatile.

Good luck with your search.

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