Is there a real need for a jointer plane? Something like a no. 6 to 8? I have a 4 and 5. I do have 2 different irons for the 5. A heavily cambered and one with just the edges relaxed. Some times I just change irons. (I do think I prefer the 5 over the 4. Guess I just like a heavier plane.) I have dimensioned stock to thickness with the 4 and 5. I haven’t been terrific at it but I’m getting better. I often read then you are “supposed” to use a jointer in the process. I am trying to figure out if such a plane is a need or a want! Thanks
I couldn’t work without my #7. My favourite plane is a LN 5 1/2 which I use for everything from smoothing to jointing, but when you want a really good straight edge nothing matches a #7 or #8.
In my case it’s a “need.” My only two other bench planes are a #4 and a low angle jack, so I am certainly not a collector, but the #7 is essential for my work.
I love my record #7. I have big hands and can easily grip the #7 more than the #4. Plus I can get a wicked sharp blade on the #7 and can get wispy thin shavings with it. The weight doesn’t bother bother me much, but I haven’t used it to flatten a table top yet. I use it to mainly joint edges and again because of the size it is easy to grip and use my forward hand as a fence. Do I absolutely need it? Probably not, and probably would be just as well pdf using a jack plane with special purpose blades
I have never used a true jointer plane. When I was at the Atlanta Woodworking show, I helped Paul build the workbench he gave away. He let us use his 5 1/2 to plane edges. It worked really well and I liked so much I started looking for one as soon as I got back home from the trip.
Robin ... Richmond, Virginia, USA
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