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    Chris Hatfield is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
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    My first plane

    It's not something most of you consider, but I wanted something cheap to learn some basics. Also, this was a bit of an impulse buy due to the price.

    It's a Stanley SB4 bench plane, nothing extravagant or elegant, but it will get me started. Worked with it for a few minutes to get some curlies.

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    hey show us the curlies chris and the plane as well,, once yu start they muliply
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    I'm sure the plane snobs will be rolling their eyes but for us normal people when properly sharpened it will work just fine.
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    Plane? I see no plane, with wings or without.

    Like Larry said, watch out, they really do multiply.
    If you don't take pride in your work, life get's pretty boring.

    Rule of thumb is if you donít know what tool to buy next, then you probably donít need it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    I'm sure the plane snobs will be rolling their eyes but for us normal people when properly sharpened it will work just fine.
    There are plane snobs here?

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    Some cruddy pics...



    Don't think I'm very good at it, but it's very pleasing. First pics are from poplar, the floor pic is from a 2x4. Have to find the maple I have. This is right out of the package with slight adjustments, no sharpening.

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    Congrats on the new tool. Once you get it sharpened, you'll be surprised how much better it works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ken werner View Post
    There are plane snobs here?
    I have no idea Ken. Are there ???
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    Chris there is nothing wrong with that plane. Just give it a tune up. You already got shavings, go back and sharpen that bevel and check if the sole is flat. Bingo you got a great plane. I think its a very good point to start at. I like to think of it the way i started fishing. Never had the fancy gear and we used brown bread and honey as bait on a standard hook. No lure.
    Learnt to catch fish and in time upgraded to worms. Now i flyfish.

    Same with tools. Go for it, good to see some guys coming over to the flatworkers side. Puts balance back in our lives here.

    Enjoy the new plane.
    cheers

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    Chris Hatfield is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
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    It was kinda tongue in cheek. I had the opportunity to get a #4 refurbished before Christmas for $50 but I haven't seen the guy since. For $20, I thought this would be a decent start.

    I don't have anything to check the flatness right now (missing what I would use), but seemed to be pretty flat. Does need a good sharpening, I'll get to that tomorrow perhaps.

    Today was a hand tool day, I built a little caddy for my Hex wrenches via all hand tools.


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