Stanley no. 5 plane

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    I recently acquired a Stanley no.5 and I was curious as to when you’d use it intstead of the no.4.


    I like to use the no 5 when I have a large area that is rough and needs a lot of waste removed. I find it fits me hand better than the no 4 too.


    I tend to use the no 5 as its truly known, a ‘jack’ plane. It really can be great for edge jointing small parts and its much more comfortable than a 7 (i edge joint anything up to a metre with my 5, seems to work well)

    I also use it when traversing boards too, I have the mouht relatively tight for a jack but never find this to be too much of an issue – I have a 5 1/2 I have set up more as a flattening plane.

    It shoots well too!

    It really is the jack of all trades, and it would be the last plane I give up at gun point!

    Chad Magiera

    I have a moderately cambered blade in my No. 5 so use it for about anything that doesn’t require a true flat cutter.

    Its the first plane I put into action on every piece of wood. Its not only great for roughing, but if its properly sharp and set its can be as delicate as any smaller plane. I purchased a truly neglected, beat up old Stanley No. 5 on ebay for $35 and it is without a doubt my favorite tool on the bench.


    Amongst the other uses already listed, it’s nice for truing and flattening the top of a box or drawer. It’s longer than the #4 and won’t ride up and down in the bumps and wiggles, but is small enough to be manageable. I use it for edge jointing and shooting, too.


    I need to edge joint some boards for the tool chest so I’ll give the #5 a go

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