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#1 posted 01-27-2013 02:00 AM

First, be PATIENT and don’t rush to purchase one just to have one.

Next, I’d consider waiting and finding a good #8. You’ll be able to find something usable for about the same money and the extra mass will come in handy.

#4 ‘smoothers’ are readily available and will make an essential addition to your collection.

Consider visiting the following web site:

There you’ll find tremendous amounts of information on almost every type of plane Stanley ever made.

For my money, I have a #8 (jointer), #4 (smoother), #40 (scrub), and a ‘coarse ground’ #5 (jack) plane to serve as an intermediary between my scrub and jointer. Those are the four basics I have and I’d consider for you to begin. After that, you can search for the esoteric scraper planes, router planes, etc.

If you do get into hand planes, consider a good sharpening jig such as the Veritas model.

A sharp plane is a joy to use…a dull one, drudgery and frustration.

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