On Friday, November 6, 2015 at 4:04:27 PM UTC-6, Michael wrote:
Strike that question. I already have a #5. For some reason, I just think of it as my jack plane.
But checking on it reminds me of another question. Is there a way to refinish the "japanning" without making it look terrible, as I've seen other planes that have been spraypainted?
I see you answered your own question, but I'll point
out that one advantage of having two or more planes
of similar size is you can switch planes if the blade
on one gets dull, rather than having to stop and
sharpen in the middle of what you're doing.
That's not a valid reason for having more planes.
I think a Jack is a great plane. I use mine quite a bit.
I guarantee once you have one you'll use it.
I have 2 jacks and jr jack.. as well as a 6 and 7
I stopped buying just to have. I don't want someone elses junk becoming
my junk. I generally have to have a need, or see a future need.
Or I have to see an unbeatable deal. Like a #55 for $20.
But yea, if I don't need it, I leave it for the next guy. If I need it,
I buy it.
Here's comes my antiquarian "you suck" storIES.
About 30 or years ago I stopped by an estate sale. Not much in the way
of tools but what was there was old and stuffed in a bushel basket.
Going through the box I found a Stanley 55 with perhaps 6 blades. A
little rough but everything was there. It cleaned up nicely. Cost? $25
About five years later, I'm BSing with a friend who was into leather
working and I happened to have a small set of leather working tools I'd
picked up somewhere. Mainly punches as I recall. Didn't pay squat for
them but I kicked them to Vince for nada. I told him about my estate
sale find and how I've got to try and find some blades for this classic
chunk of iron. He tells me to stop by his place as he "might" have some
- said his wife had some stuff left over from her grandfather's place
and he "thought" the box said Stanley.
He was right, he had a COMPLETE set of Stanley blades for the No. 55 in
their original wooden cases. IIRC, only one of them had any sign of
use, the others were untouched with some still wrapped in the amber
colored wax paper. Cost to me? The $10 or $15 I had invested in the
On 11/10/2015 6:55 PM, Unquestionably Confused wrote:
Oh you really suck. I have heard all the stories about how hard they
are to work with, but in my limited use, and I am a lefty, I was able to
get some nice molding out of it the one time I had to play with one. And
that was a lefty switching to righty just to get it to work, I was able
to work lefty too, but in a reverse hold, on the opposite side away from
me if I remember. So it can't be that hard if I can do it.
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