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Which Plane Combo for A to Z Finishing?

I'm looking to purchase several hand planes (used vintage record/stanley) to be able to tackle various projects and to be able to do 95% of the work with handtools

I currently got a 8 record no4 which I'm planing to convert to be a scrub plane (camber the blade/widen the mouth).

This is my plan so far:
- for the first step -rapid stock removal and general roughing up/shaping I will have the no4 record scrubber
-Than to start level everything properly I'm thinking about purchasing a no5 or no 5.5 jackplane?
- Than For jointing large pieces I'm looking to purchase a no7
-And finally I need something for smoothing out and finishing Like a no3 or no4? I'm not really sure what kind of plane would be the best for this step or even if I need a smaller plane if I will already have a no5? what would you suggest?

-Also I plan to purchase an old record/stanley no80 cabinet scraper to almost replace my sander with so I need to sand as little as possible.

I will be mostly using the handplanes to finish 3ft-7ft long boards.

What do you think about my plan? What should I change or add or remove from the list?
I would like to have as little tools as possible, but still have everything I need to do everything properly without faffing around.
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-29-2017, 12:51 AM
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I use a #7 for jointing.

Scrub plane ... #5 as it has a little more weight than a #4, but is not too big.

Everything else ... a #4.

And a low-angle block plane for across the grain work.

Just my $.02.

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I don't think you really need all that many planes. I had a jointer, didn't use it enough, sold it. For long edges I use a shooting board.
This is my current set and thoughts on them:
Kunz No 80, Kunz No 112, scrapers, don't find either useful, can do a much faster job with a cabinet scraper.
9" x 2" iron, no name, old bench plane, finely tuned and my most used plane.
Stanley 10 1/2 coach maker, only used where I need to plane to a shoulder.
Stanley block plane, mainly used for chamfering edges
Stanley #75 very small rabbet, useful, especially working into corners
Stanley #78 rabbet plane with fences, scoring & depth shoes, best as cross grain worker
Flat and curved spoke shaves, draw knife, handy, especially if you have a shaving horse.
14" x 2" iron, very old Craftsman, I've trued it and it works well on larger flat surfaces because it has a corrugated sole.
My scrub plane was recently stolen. Will buy a cheap short plane and convert it into a scrub.
I have two wood bodied planes, neither of which I now use. A small plane of traditional design and a Primus Nr 704 with mechanical adjust. I prefer the mass of cast iron. I have some heavy, old, square edged Swan brand chisels that are my favorites. My mallet is a round Osage Orange that I turned. I've made a few traditional wood molding planes, always in rights & lefts. I've got several scratch stocks that I've made and find useful.
I've got a nice, old, German cabinet makers bench that is my most valuable and used tool.
I totally enjoy working with hand tools. That said, I also have a shop full of power tools. I find the shapers to be great for many tasks, as I can quickly grind a knife to any desired shape and power feed it for a high quality molding.
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I use a #7 for jointing.

Scrub plane ... #5 as it has a little more weight than a #4, but is not too big.

Everything else ... a #4.

And a low-angle block plane for across the grain work.

Just my $.02.
hmm I thought a number 4 would be better scrub plane than a no 5 due to less weight?
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hmm I thought a number 4 would be better scrub plane than a no 5 due to less weight?
Traditionally, the 14" No. 5 is called a "Jack" plane, because of its versatility. Long enough to be a jointer for short boards, and small enough to be a smoother. With a curved iron it works well as a scrub. I like it for taking down bowed or cupped stock before jointing on a machine - I can get the stock really close to flat with minimum thickness loss and less chance of the dreaded taper.

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