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    Quote Originally Posted by bridger berdel View Post
    or settle them, depending who's swinging it.
    And all this time I thought it's purpose was to fill a non-existant niche in the Tool Companies' marketing departments!

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    Thanks Andrey, thoughtful response!

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    The 5 1/2 serves as a good point of contention in the absence of a BLO vs. whatever finish thread or sharpening thread.

    [person 1] I love my 5 1/2. It's my most used plane


    [person 2] Funny how before year x, no professional woodworker ever owned a 5 1/2


    [person 1] You're calling me unprofessional?


    .... and on and on .... and on and on .... it's heaven and hell as the late RJD said.

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    But would Ronnie have preferred a #5 1/2 to a #5 because of the heavier metal?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Seemann View Post
    But would Ronnie have preferred a #5 1/2 to a #5 because of the heavier metal?

    No, he was a professional

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    Or one just can find my previous post. It gives knowledge, rather than someone's opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrey Kharitonkin View Post
    Or one just can find my previous post. It gives knowledge, rather than someone's opinion.
    Yes Andrey, your previous post is a good post.

    The starting title of this thread is, "What was the purpose of the #5-1/2."

    The purpose of the #5-1/2 plane is to remove a controlled shaving from a piece of wood, nothing more, nothing less.

    Mine gets used in proportion to the shelf it is sitting on. If it is on a low shelf, less use. If it is on a higher shelf, it gets used more.

    There isn't a 'magic bullet' among the plane sizes.

    Some folks can find a plane of a size or weight they prefer for their style of work. That doesn't mean it is the right combination for everyone else.

    jtk
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Koepke View Post
    Yes Andrey, your previous post is a good post.

    The starting title of this thread is, "What was the purpose of the #5-1/2."

    The purpose of the #5-1/2 plane is to remove a controlled shaving from a piece of wood, nothing more, nothing less.

    Mine gets used in proportion to the shelf it is sitting on. If it is on a low shelf, less use. If it is on a higher shelf, it gets used more.

    There isn't a 'magic bullet' among the plane sizes.

    Some folks can find a plane of a size or weight they prefer for their style of work. That doesn't mean it is the right combination for everyone else.

    jtk
    Why not just keep the 5 1/2 on a low shelf and use it frequently then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Barry View Post
    Why not just keep the 5 1/2 on a low shelf and use it frequently then?
    My back doesn't do well after bending over to get things off a low shelf.

    jtk
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    Had to tune mine back up...gaposis between the iron and chipbreaker ( was packed full..) the chipbreaker needed work, iron needed sharpened...took about..1/2 an hour..
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    Stanley #5-1/2, Type 17....a Stanley #4 sitting behind it. I do not camber the iron on the Jumbo Jack..have a couple #5s for that sort of thing.
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    May use this to clean up a panel, now that it is out of the clamps..
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    have yard chores to do, at the moment....maybe later?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Koepke View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Barry View Post
    Why not just keep the 5 1/2 on a low shelf and use it frequently then?
    My back doesn't do well after bending over to get things off a low shelf.

    jtk
    Just attach an anchor chain and winch to it.

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