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Seems a lot of people like 4's and 5's.

Not a fan of them at all, too narrow and I much prefer the extra heft and width that the four and half smoother, five and a half jack, and six foreplane have.
I've never used a seven or an eight yet but they do have the wider cutter as well.

For me an excellent general purpose handplane is the five and half jackplane, the nicest I've so far used was made by Clifton of Sheffield. In my mind at least the equal of a Lie Nielson.

I am very much a fan of Veritas stuff and own their low angle blockplane (big hands and I like the wider cutter than the Lie Nielson again) but I've not tried their low angle jack yet.
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the nicest I've so far used was made by Clifton of Sheffield. In my mind at least the equal of a Lie Nielson.

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Scott,,,, You are absolutely right about the Clifton lineup.. though never having actually used one, I'm well read on the matter and Clifton does indeed make a fine hand plane in par with LN....another investment (heirloom) tool to be sure.

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Scott,,,, You are absolutely right about the Clifton lineup.. though never having actually used one, I'm well read on the matter and Clifton does indeed make a fine hand plane in par with LN....another investment (heirloom) tool to be sure.
When I tried it, the number five and a half cost two hundred and twenty six quid.

So far I've not had that much money lying around with little else to use it on that I could spend it on a handplane.
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When I tried it, the number five and a half cost two hundred and twenty six quid.

So far I've not had that much money lying around with little else to use it on that I could spend it on a handplane.
Sure was nice though.
Keep an eye out for a Stanley "Bedrock"...one that can be restored. These are great bones hand planes and worth the time to search.
. A little effort and you'll have one helluva fine plane for half the cost of a LN or Clifton..

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Keep an eye out for a Stanley "Bedrock"...one that can be restored. These are great bones hand planes and worth the time to search.
. A little effort and you'll have one helluva fine plane for half the cost of a LN or Clifton..
Don't worry, I'm fully aware of the Bedrock 60/whatever size series handplanes (that Clifton and LN copied) but whenever they come up on Ebay its still pretty big money and so far I've never seen a single one in my pretty good local secondhand shop.

Plus most of the ones I see are in the US so postage is to add to the price.
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Seems a lot of people like 4's and 5's.

Not a fan of them at all, too narrow and I much prefer the extra heft and width that the four and half smoother, five and a half jack, and six foreplane have.
I've never used a seven or an eight yet but they do have the wider cutter as well.

For me an excellent general purpose handplane is the five and half jackplane, the nicest I've so far used was made by Clifton of Sheffield. In my mind at least the equal of a Lie Nielson.

I am very much a fan of Veritas stuff and own their low angle blockplane (big hands and I like the wider cutter than the Lie Nielson again) but I've not tried their low angle jack yet.
You know I nearly bought a 5-1/2 instead of a 5. One reason I didn't was I figured it would be harder to sharpen a 2-3/8" blade on a 2" stone.

Good to hear the Sheffield-made Cliftons are up there. I'd heard varying reports about them but I know they've changed manufacturers recently. They are really pricy though a bit too much for me.
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I have a Jointer machine, but often use a #6 Bailey with radiused edges on the cutter to quickly remove the more problem areas on a board before I run it through the Jointer machine.
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