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    My babies

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    Cleaned, sharpened and ready to work
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    They look nice Josh.

    Is there any more to the story like size and type?

    How about the hunt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Koepke View Post
    They look nice Josh.

    Is there any more to the story like size and type?

    How about the hunt?

    jtk
    Jim,

    The number three I found years ago before I had a clue about planes. Cant exactly remember Where I picked it up but Iím sure at a flea market. I had stored it in the loft of my dads barn during the divorce, and had forgotten about it. When I ran across it later, after I had started wood working, I realized wow thatís a pretty nice number three! Think itís a type 11.

    The no 4 Iíve looked at all my life hanging in my dads barn. Heíd gotten it from his dad, whom I never knew (He died as a young man) A few years ago I finally figured out how to sharpen it and thatís the plane that started me down the path of wood working with hand tools. I built my work bench with it, a flea market hand saw and a coupe of buck brothers chisels. I believe itsís a type 9 - Itís corrugated.

    The number 5c bedrock I bought from a gentleman on eBay that does a good job at refurbishing planes. I think a type 15? Paid a lot for it ($200) but it was re-enameled, clean, sharp and ready to go. I think a lot of wood workers could get by with a 4 and 5 but what fun is that?! At one time I thought I would collect a set of bedrocks but theyíre over priced and donít perform any better. I like the look though.

    The number six Iíve only had a few weeks, also off eBay but much better price, around $60 or so. A few swipes on some sandpaper to clean it up and a few swipes of the iron on the diamond plates and Iím planing with it. Current project is a mission rocker and I like this heavy plane on the long posts. I like it on the shooting board too. Itís heavy, my forearm is sore from using it but the heft just glides through that white oak. I think itís a type 18. Iíll add a 7 and 8 At some point just to have them, donít need them at this point. And of course if I found a no. 1 or 2 for a buck Iíd buy them

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    I’ll add a 7 and 8 At some point just to have them, don’t need them at this point. And of course if I found a no. 1 or 2 for a buck I’d buy them
    It seems many who start using planes have a similar approach. Be careful it can become habit forming:

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    This image is from five years ago. Another shelf of molding planes has been added. There is also a bench across the room with a half dozen planes stowed there.

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    Nice group of working planes Josh. Congrats!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Koepke View Post
    It seems many who start using planes have a similar approach. Be careful it can become habit forming:

    Wall of Plane.jpg

    This image is from five years ago. Another shelf of molding planes has been added. There is also a bench across the room with a half dozen planes stowed there.

    jtk
    Jim, what are all those combination planes on the one shelf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Manning View Post
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    Jim, what are all those combination planes on the one shelf?
    Those are Stanley #45s and one #50. At one time it seemed like a good idea to have a few extra. A few times 3 have actually been in use at one time. One of these days one or two of them may need to find a new home.

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    "...that’s the plane that started me down the path of wood working with hand tools."

    Love that story about the No. 4. Talk about "heirloom."

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    Nice set of users Josh, but it sounds like you may have a touch of the "collector" in you. Look to Jim (Oh Jim!) as to the oft quoted slippery slope. My #3 is probably my favorite plane and I, like many others, have quit at the #7. I'd think the #8 needs wheels and a motor to drive it and have made the jump to a wooden plane for a try plane. But, each to his own Josh and looks like you are up and running.
    David

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