Seeing Kens number 7 reminds me of a time 10+ years ago that my dream shop was to be filled with cabinet saws, wide planers, router tables, and dust collection for the lot. I built a laminated pine workbench and needed the top flattened and none of my fancy power tools or machines could accomplish the task. I did some reading and found a type 16 Stanley #7 on EBay, my first plane. I flattened that bench top and haven’t looked back as I have sought out hand tools and the skills to use them.
Ken your #7 brings back fond memories of first opening a door to a new place in my life. Didn’t mean to distract this thread off topic but wanted to share.
Meridianville, Alabama, USA