Best Hand Plane for Beginners?

Best Hand Plane for Beginners?

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  1. LiveOVErdrive on July 24, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    My low angle jack is the one I reach for 99 percent of the time.

  2. Ian Pearse on July 24, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    So, not the Stanley 55 then Rex? LOL.

  3. Pablo Romero on July 24, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    What about the 5 1/2?? Could that be even better?

  4. David Gardner on July 24, 2023 at 2:48 pm

    I would tell them nice try. Who ever heard of buying one plane.

  5. Jason on July 24, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    I found 2 #5’s at a thrift store near me, the only planes I’ve been able to find. They wanted $49.95 each. One had no iron, chip breaker or cap and the other was complete but with a broken handle and the side of the body was broken from top to bottom. I tried to haggle and they said no. When I told them I wasn’t going to pay that much for 2 broken planes they said if I bought the one they would let me have the other for half price. I left them there and ordered a new Stanley #4 for almost $10 less than their asking price for one of the broken ones. Planes are rare around here and I had to do what I had to do. Is there anything inherently wrong with new Stanley planes or anything that I need to look out for? Everything online only deals with vintage planes, I haven’t seen anything about new ones really.

  6. David Gee on July 24, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    Back in early 70’s my school woodworking classes provided the whole class with Stanley 5’s for general work, there were a handful of 4’s for finer finishing and a couple of 8’s with shooting boards for jointing or end grain planing. A big stack of old wooden planes we never got to use were in the store room. 2/3 staff had missing fingers from the circular saw!

  7. mrgolftennisviolin on July 24, 2023 at 2:56 pm

    Hey Rex, would you ever sell me one of your jointer planes that you rarely use? 😉

  8. Thomas Russell on July 24, 2023 at 2:58 pm

    Good luck with only one plane. If your only working in hardwoods, and face/edge grains, then maybe you can get away with it if you’re only going to be an entry level hobbyist. I have multiples forface/edge and end grain in both hard and softwoods, myself, in both metal and wood bodied planes. And I am only a hobbiest, not a serious furniture/cabinet maker.

  9. Cal L on July 24, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    I think you need both. If you are using a very accurate jack for foreplaning, it’s much easier to pull out a 20 dollar smoother than trying to put in a new set of blades and fiddle with everything. If you are using a jack for smoothing, your premise is that you’ve already done the foreplaning with something equally as accurate. You probably can get away with either, but get both.

  10. kevin avembe on July 24, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    thanks for the review

  11. Xavier Ordoquy on July 24, 2023 at 3:15 pm

    If one can afford it, I’ll argue low angle n5 is even better for beginner: no cap iron, easy mouth opening setup.

  12. Charles Field on July 24, 2023 at 3:17 pm


  13. Patrick Howie on July 24, 2023 at 3:18 pm

    I’m still enjoying the Grizzly hand planes I got at your recommendation. I’d really like to know if their new premium bedrock style options are worth the step up in price as an alternative to Woodriver or the premium companies though. They currently have a 4, 5, and 6 in the bedrock style. Any plans on reviewing one of those?

  14. v10moped on July 24, 2023 at 3:22 pm

    not another plane lecture.

  15. Jennessa Lynam on July 24, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    I own two no. 5 Jack plane’s and two no. 4 smoothing plane’s. I absolutely love them both equally, but I would have to say my no. 4 likes me more then the no. 5 lol🤣

  16. halsti on July 24, 2023 at 3:26 pm

    A 62 is also nice. Very long, bevel up, does everything

  17. Jan-Reinier Voute on July 24, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    Depending on where you are on this earth the one is easier found than the other, grab it if condition and price are agreeable. Don´t let a nr 3 or one of the halves slide if it is within budget. Yes, both is better, a combination deal can be very nice.

  18. Tosh N on July 24, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    If I can’t find a vintage one, should I get the Stanley sweetheart version? Or a clone from another manufacturer?

  19. Zaphod Beeblebrox on July 24, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    I agree. But I still have a 3, a 4, a 5, a 6 and a 7. Why? Because!

  20. onbedoelde Kut on July 24, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks for this, Rex.
    I just wondered…
    Wouldn’t it be possible to make shoes which fit over a small plane to extend its footprint rather than have to buy more and more planes?

  21. 22busy on July 24, 2023 at 3:39 pm

    I accidentally ended up with both of these. I kept bidding on used planes on eBay, only to be outbid at the end. So I started bidding on multiples. Ended up winning the bid on a Stanley #4 and a Record #5. Best thing that could have happened. I use as you described here. The Stanley is tuned to take paper thin shavings and leaves a beautiful finish. The Record does everything else. I added a Veritas low angle block plane and I’m very content.

  22. Mark Barrington on July 24, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    I agree, but I would keep an eye out for a decent stanley bedrock plane. Seems standard stanley planes are more often beat up and need a lot of work to get fine-tuned. Or I am a snob. Haha