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#1 posted 01-13-2019 02:31 AM

For your very first (and only) plane …

The answer is a standard (#5) jack.
There s a reason it s been nicknamed the “jack” plane—it s the “Jack-of-all-Trades”

Not sure where your original list came from, but this plane should top it. It can be used for roughing, scrubbing, smoothing and, within reason, jointing.

The LA Jack, while a fine tool, is a specialized plane—one you can add to your arsenal at a later date.

- Johnny7

Thanks..The list came mostly from my own research, some folks I respect and my own be honest I read Marc Spagnuolos book and he recommended skipping the 601/2 and getting the rabbett block plane because it’s two planes in one can be used as a standard block and to work tenons etc.

It’s funny you mention the standard #5, since he speaks highly of that plane too, but said for a first plane it’s takes more to set up and adjust so the LA Jack may be the better choice. Not that he is the last word but LN also recommended the LA Jack as my first plane since it’s good for flattening and many other larger plane tasks.

What about the 102 combinined with a #5? Standard or LA seems like it would be versatile for small and large workpieces/tasks.

Thanks again for your help.

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