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    Hand Planes

    Just scored a Stanley #5 jack plane on ebay. Looked pretty good from the pics.

    I also have a Stanley low angle block plane I love and a Stanley shoulder plane I used cleaning up half lap joints on bee hives before I went to box joints.

    Looking at a #4 Stanley smoothing plane. The prices seem to be wide even with the condition being similar. What does the Type mean? Is there any Type preferable over another?

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    Re: Hand Planes

    Quote Originally Posted by tdukes View Post
    Just scored a Stanley #5 jack plane on ebay. Looked pretty good from the pics.

    I also have a Stanley low angle block plane I love and a Stanley shoulder plane I used cleaning up half lap joints on bee hives before I went to box joints.

    Looking at a #4 Stanley smoothing plane. The prices seem to be wide even with the condition being similar. What does the Type mean? Is there any Type preferable over another?

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    Eddie,
    Congrats on your "Score Jack" or rather your Jack Score!
    A smoother is a good next step.

    The learning curve on types and castings etc... can be steep!
    Here is a good link to some more learning:
    http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan0a.html

    Lots of reading, but you should be able to wade through and get the answers you are looking for.

    Here is another one after you tire of Patrick's snarky aproach:

    http://www.hyperkitten.com/tools/stanley_bench_plane/
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    Re: Hand Planes

    This site does an excellent job of listing and describing the "types" of Stanley planes. I personally don't own any Stanleys made after 1947. I own quite a few Stanleys, Sargents and Miller's Falls and I always (almost always) pass on ones made after the 1940's.

    http://www.rexmill.com/planes101/typing/typing.htm

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