Use for bench plane smaller than no 4?

  • 31 Jul 2017 8:25 PM
    Message # 5004610

    other than as collectors items, is there any common use for planes smaller than a number 4? (That a block plane doesn't fulfill?)... just curious.  

  • 01 Aug 2017 10:10 AM
    Reply # 5005370 on 5004610
    ROB COSMAN (Administrator)

    I use planes almost everyday and I never pick up a 4 or smaller.  As mentioned, the exception is my squirrel tail and low block.


  • 04 Aug 2017 12:55 AM
    Reply # 5011552 on 5004610

    I bought a #3 for less than $10 dollars.  The sole was in bad shape.  A patient of mine has a metal working shop. He flattened the sole for me but in doing so the mouth was very wide.

    So I put a heavy camber on the blade and turned it into a scrub plane.  It works great.  Perhaps not as aggressive as a true scrub plane but it hogs off wood fast.  I love it.

  • 04 Aug 2017 2:20 AM
    Reply # 5011633 on 5004610

    I have a #3, and every once in a while it is priceless. But 99.99% of the time it is useless. My block plane is almost just as long and as wide as my #3. I do find it useful for endgrain when I need just a little more leverage than what my block plane can offer. Like building "Timber Frame" type furniture. If you don't already own one, I wouldn't suggest buying one.

  • 06 Aug 2017 10:48 AM
    Reply # 5014879 on 5004610

    glad I'm not missing anything.  I only ask because I have a growing collection of planes... but like others have found I rarely use the smaller no 3 (always turning to a low angle block plane instead).  Although, I confess that I do find joy in finding these and tuning them up to be given as gifts occasionally.  


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