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    happy sad moment

    I was in the shop this morning dimensioning some walnut for a future project. Took out some bow and twist with my #5, flattened it up with my #7 and smoothed it out nicely with my #4.

    All worked exceptionally well. Made me happy.

    Then the sad moment when I realized that the planes I have work so well, there really is no need for more.

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    Say it ain't so!

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    I feel your pain. I've reached that point too.
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
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    Sometimes my feelings go into denial when a tempting plane crosses my path. There are maybe two planes not already in my accumulation of bench planes, a #10 & a #10-1/4. The #10-1/2 was one of my last acquisitions.

    There's always chisels. Though in my case there aren't many of those not already at hand.

    jtk
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    Clearly, you haven't discovered molding planes.

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    I am more happy than sad for you Phil. You have mastered the tools you need at the moment. Go forth and create with those tools. Warren would be proud of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom M King View Post
    Clearly, you haven't discovered molding planes.
    I have. And I know what you mean Tom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom M King View Post
    Clearly, you haven't discovered molding planes.
    Not sure about Phil, my accumulation got started a few years ago:

    Molding Planes on Shelf.jpg

    Still looking for more.

    jtk
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Mueller View Post
    I was in the shop this morning dimensioning some walnut for a future project. Took out some bow and twist with my #5, flattened it up with my #7 and smoothed it out nicely with my #4.

    All worked exceptionally well. Made me happy.

    Then the sad moment when I realized that the planes I have work so well, there really is no need for more.
    Thank you so much! I bought a Bailey #5 but didnt know what else to pair it with...problem solved!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg Markowski View Post
    Thank you so much! I bought a Bailey #5 but didnt know what else to pair it with...problem solved!
    The #5 is one plane that might be worth having more than one or having extra blades for different set ups. If you work with rough sawn lumber it is good to have a blade with a heavy camber to use like a scrub plane. It can also be set up as a long smoother or short jointer

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    Well, Tom, I discovered a few. Bought a couple of rounds in various sizes thinking Id do round overs or something. Turned them up as best I could, gave them a few runs, and put them in a drawer. They are certainly tempting, but to date, Ive been successful resisting any more.

    I admit my weak point is small block type planes. The LV miniature, the LN violin plane, a few finger planes. Just love using them on inlay work, shaping small parts, and a gentle chamfer from time to time.

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    Phil,

    One more: "Say it ain't so Phil, Say it ain't so."

    As others above have stated, I too have gone past the point of saying I have enough planes and hand saws, with minimal exceptions, but like Jim, if a great deal came along on a plane like a 5&1/4 or a saw like either a Stanley 12 or a carcass saw came along, it would be very hard not to go home with it.

    As others have said in the past: "My name is Stew, and I have a saw, chisel, and plane problem."

    Stew

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    Well, see, it's much more time efficient to have several #4s and #5s set up with different sets, chip breaker distances, cambers, maybe a spare or two so you don't have to stop and change a frog or a set, or sharpen in the middle of a task. So really, having a single smoother and a single jack really doesn't get you that far.

    And block planes, well there you need one set up to do chamfers, one for end grain, one for fine clean up, a couple beaters, one for your tool box, one to lend out and definitely a few more. Again you are just at the start, not the end

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    I can relate very well to the original poster. I realize that I could have gotten along with less tools and the uses for any of my tools seems to be dwindling. I fiddle in the shop mostly as a pastime these days.

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    I used to collect quite a few Veritas and LN stuff. Nowadays I am building up another set from Record and Stanley tools. Many are duplicates of each other while some are not like the LV Jack plane. I could do with less overtime but I have been slowing down my collection over the years.

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