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How many planes do you own?

I've currently got 3, and only one is a Stanley. I better get working on adding more....

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How many planes do you own?

2 Lear's and a PT Mustang.

Other then that... I would have to count them.

Good question.

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I'm on the low side being I sold most of my tools before I moved back to Louisiana.

Presently I have the following:

2 wooden moulding planes
1 wooden side rebate plane
3 wooden block / smoothing planes
2 # 3's
1 # 4
2# 5's
1 # 6
1 # 7
1 low angle block plane
1 rabbit plane
1 combination plane with 15 cutters

I think I'm forgetting 2 or three but not including those that makes the count 16 of em.

Those I'm still looking to find again:

3 different sizes of matched rounds & hollows
Chisel plane
shoulder plane
Stanley 55 with about 50 cutters
# 2 & 8
12 assorted wooden moulding planes
And I'm sure I'll find a few more along the way

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3 Stanley Bailey - 4 1/2, 5, 5
1 605 Bedrock
1 Wards #7
1 Stanley and 1 Ohio Tool transition
1 Sargent #3
1 Stanley low angle block
1 Dunlop block
1 Dunlop "#1"
1 Stanley #45
4 Stanley Rabbet
1 Japanese plow plane
5 Moulding planes
1 Coffin Smoother

No wonder my shop is full!!
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I'm just getting started, really, but I have 8 at the moment. 2 Smoothers; 1 Stanley & 1 wood river. 2 Stanley Jack Planes, 1 Stanley Fore Plane and one Wood River "Jointer" that really looks like a Fore Plane, and a Stanley # 7 Jointer. I am looking to get a number 8 Jointer. Also, a Lee-Nielson bevel up Jack Plane (wonderful! I wish I could have the whole L-N line), a Veritas Scrub Plane and a very old Stanley Rabbet Plane
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I'm just getting started, really, but I have 8 at the moment
OK, that got sent before it was finished. Add 'em all up and it's ten planes. Sorry 'bout that.
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Probably have around 20-25 right now, but it's usually in a state of change and I haven't counted in a while.

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I've currently got 3, and only one is a Stanley. I better get working on adding more....
I've never counted. Just having a crapload of planes only matters in the game..."who has the most". So, maybe with some audience participation, that question will be answered.








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Hmmm... Yur right, CabinetMan. It ain't the gross number of planes owned that matters. Having just the right plane with just the right setup for the job at hand (and having that plane be scary sharp at the moment you need it) is what matters. Aren't most of us still trying to figure out how many planes it takes to get to that point? I sure am, and that's why I am liking this thread.
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Would have to go count.........But,could make out just fine with:

2 Low angle block's because they get dull and I'm usually in a hurry.

Rabbit plane with all the attatchments/fences.

Big N little shoulder planes

Plough

Then give me a #3,#5,#7,make/m all "C's"

Anymore would just be superfluous WRT our shop.BW

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I think it's a part collector/user question. I have eleven. I do use most of them. My #5 is the least used. My #5 1/2 is my most used. My most liked is my #3. I want a plough plane next.
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You're going to have to be more specific.
Here in the home-office within site of the computer? 16 and a pile of parts.
Grampa's toolchests are in the bedroom - there's 4-5 planes there.
There are a 45/55 in their boxes in the hall closet - I remember moving them off the floor when I was painting.
I'm pretty sure the Living room is clear now, but there are four block planes sitting on the kitchen counter buried under some other stuff I keep meaning to take out to the shop.
Speaking of stuff needing to go to the shop, there's that pile by the back door - and that's got one a 5-1/2C I overpaid for, and a couple of wooden plows.

Out in the workshop, sorry - once they get out there they just blend in with the scenery and there really is no way to count. If you just go with the metal ones, and ignore the woodies, then I'm sure it's less than 30 out there.

And no, I'm not a collector. I'm a user who just likes having a lot of spares around in case something goes wrong.
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I've never counted. Just having a crapload of planes only matters in the game..."who has the most". So, maybe with some audience participation, that question will be answered.








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I'm just asking for the heck of it more so to get to the core of having others' input to better my own skills. Of my three, only one is what I'd call sharp (solely because I had a neighbor who sharpens his do mine too..), and it's the only one I really reach for when I need a hand plane. The other two of mine are "rejects" that were given to me by a friend and former co-worker who collects and restores them. He's gotta have over 1,000 total. Myself, I can't see the need to have near that many (even 10 is pushing it for me), but I can see by the responses that there are certain ones I may need to start looking at acquiring as my skills develop. Thanks!

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I could definitely get by with a block, #5, and a #7, (even just a block and #5 90% of the time) but sometimes the darn deals just get the best of me.
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I could definitely get by with a block, #5, and a #7, (even just a block and #5 90% of the time) but sometimes the darn deals just get the best of me.
+1. I am sure they multiply on their own.
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+1. I am sure they multiply on their own.
I agree. I read somewhere the term @$*# like rabbits was originally %#[email protected] like handplanes, but non-woodworkers just didn't get it. I also agree with Scott, a low angle block, 5 and 7. I think once you get those you should get a nice smoother. I like the #3 personally. Before you do ANY of that though, go get a book on sharpening, or better yet, see if your neighbor will teach you his method. Sharpening equipment is an investment in itself, but if you can't get a good edge you'll drive yourself nuts and away from handtools, which would be a sad thing.
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I agree. I read somewhere the term @$*# like rabbits was originally %#[email protected] like handplanes, but non-woodworkers just didn't get it. I also agree with Scott, a low angle block, 5 and 7. I think once you get those you should get a nice smoother. I like the #3 personally. Before you do ANY of that though, go get a book on sharpening, or better yet, see if your neighbor will teach you his method. Sharpening equipment is an investment in itself, but if you can't get a good edge you'll drive yourself nuts and away from handtools, which would be a sad thing.
Funny that you mention being "driven nuts" and "away from hand tools" in the same sentence. Typically, it's the power tools I have that drive me to use the hand tools. But, I do get frustrated and go bug the neighbor too much for my own good sometimes (at least that's what I think anyway...).

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plough rabbit and router..made by me
stanley 4 5 6 7
and because of a post by Tom I am developing a multi profile molding plane that uses a sliding dovetail for profile changes and a regular wedge for the blade changes.....wanna make it all fit in a commercial tackle box to make a kinda molding kit.......3 or 4 bases with maybe 30 common profiles...way harder to do then I thought it would be

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[...] because of a post by Tom I am developing a multi profile molding plane that uses a sliding dovetail for profile changes and a regular wedge for the blade changes.....wanna make it all fit in a commercial tackle box to make a kinda molding kit.......3 or 4 bases with maybe 30 common profiles...way harder to do then I thought it would be
Whatttttt?????? I wanna see that! I'm assuming you mean me when you say Tom, so wha'd I have to do with that?

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