Wood planes

  • Advertise with us

« back to Hand Tools forum

Forum topic by Oldschoolguy posted 11-20-2018 03:17 PM 769 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Oldschoolguy's profile


108 posts in 723 days

11-20-2018 03:17 PM

Hey y’all, Newbie here, want some advise as to what type of plane to start with? Never used one in my life.

7 replies so far

View Phil32's profile


1147 posts in 790 days

#1 posted 11-20-2018 06:46 PM

I suggest you start with a jack plane like a Stanley #5. Learn to sharpen and adjust it. The usual test is to be able to shave a continuous, curled ribbon of wood over the entire length of a 2 or 3 foot board. Many other planes have specialized uses.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

View bondogaposis's profile


5875 posts in 3238 days

#2 posted 11-20-2018 07:37 PM

I second the #5 jack plane, or a block plane like the Stanley 60 1/2.

-- Bondo Gaposis

View HokieKen's profile


15161 posts in 2025 days

#3 posted 11-20-2018 07:38 PM

That’s kind of like asking “what kind of knife should I get?” or “which drill bit works best?” LOL.

It is very dependent on what kind of work you’ll be doing and what you expect to gain from using a hand plane. There’s a reason there are so many sizes and types of planes to choose from – they all excel at different chores. So, a little background will get you more useful responses most likely.

But in a very general sense, I’ll agree with Phil32, a #5 jack is a good starting point. A #4 smoother is a good one to cut your teeth on as well.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

View CaptainKlutz's profile


3738 posts in 2381 days

#4 posted 11-20-2018 08:05 PM

Suggest you read this blog post,

or maybe the whole series, then come back ask a less open ended question that is easier to answer.


-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

View Don W's profile

Don W

19728 posts in 3454 days

#5 posted 11-20-2018 10:36 PM

My advice is start with a smoother. Here is my justification.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

View waho6o9's profile


8947 posts in 3463 days

#6 posted 11-21-2018 12:56 AM

OSU55 blog saved several of my planes. Reading his blogs is time well spent.

View NCJOB's profile


7 posts in 703 days

#7 posted 11-27-2018 04:09 PM

Newbie 65 – just get ready, the plane bug is getting ready to bite. My dad had a hand plane that I always found to be an interesting tool. Unfortunately, he never showed me how to use it and I could never quite figure it out (way before the days of internet). So it just looked nice up on his wall of tools. About a year ago I bought a No. 5 and decided I was going to figure that thing out. I did know a little about sharpening so I got the iron nice an sharp. With the help of the internet, I figured out how to get it set up. Then last weekend I finally got the opportunity to put it to use. I had a board that I could not get through my power planer so I decided to give the hand plane a try. Ohhhh what a joy. Curls everywhere. Surprised I had any board left because I just kept wanting to run that plane down that board. The look and feel of the wood was fantastic. I probably will not retire my power planner just yet, but I will definitely be reaching for the hand planes more often now. I currently have a No. 5, No. 4, and a small block plane. Looking for a No. 7 and getting ready to attempt to build a router plane. Hope you find what you need and I sure you will enjoy using them.

-- Jeff, NC

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics