First TWO Hand Planes You Should Buy

  • Published on Mar 16, 2018
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    I get asked this a lot. What is the first Hand Plane I should buy? To that I answer, these are the first two Hand Plane's you should buy - Jack Plane and a Rabbet Block Plane.
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Comments • 44

  • wabio
    wabio 21 day ago +1

    What a coincidence. I only own two planes......and those two are the exact ones I own. Got the Veritas low angle jack based on Mark Spagnolo's / Popular Woodworking recommendation. Then bought the Lie Nielsen rabbet block based on Samurai Carpenter's glowing review.

  • Rodrigo Pessoa
    Rodrigo Pessoa Month ago +1

    thanks for the infos buddy!

  • Agent_Blackwing
    Agent_Blackwing 6 months ago

    I definitely have my eyes on that "Jack Rabbet" Block.

  • ugaladh
    ugaladh 7 months ago

    there is a Highland woodworking video with another take on this subject regarding your eventual tool budget. in a video about the Lie-neilson low angle jack, he sings the praises of the plane and its versatility, then at the end, he makes a good point. If your budget is to only have a few planes, then these two are good choices, If your budget is such that you will be adding more planes, the high end Jack-of-all-trades plane will one day be a very expensive shooter board plane.

  • livewiya
    livewiya 8 months ago

    I'll just be that pedant and say "it depends." However, this is a very good and versatile combination. I think most folk look critically into which planes they should buy after having already receiving or bought a plane or two. I inherited a no. 4, and bought a no. 65 after needing to clean up some small miters. Had I seen this kind of advice first, I likely would have gone block-rabbet. That being said, since 'the train has already left the station,' I'm more inclined to get any rough no. 5/6/28 next as my fore plane, and then save my money towards a dead-flat jointer. I may be an odd case, but I jumped into chair making, and I've yet to do the typical mortise and tenon, but rather use cylindrical stretchers/legs with tapered tenons and matched reamed conical mortises. As an apartment dweller, I don't see myself having ready access to a surface planer any time soon, so spending towards a dedicated thicknessing and surfacing set up makes sense. I'm inclined to say the projects you're interested in, as well as your other tools, should dictate what planes to get. Although, I appreciate if someone's starting out, they may not realize what typing of woodworking will end up suiting them best.

  • Hassan Mian
    Hassan Mian 8 months ago

    How about a dedicated shoulder and a normal block...? Does this one replace a dedicated shoulder plane?

  • Gary Knable
    Gary Knable 8 months ago

    Exactly the choices I'm rendering and talking with Lie-Nielson on now. Nice presentation short and to the point.

  • Brian Landry
    Brian Landry 10 months ago

    What's the brand name of the rabbeting plane?

  • shmikeymo
    shmikeymo 11 months ago +1

    Why not get a one low jack rabbet plane all in one Jimmy Diresta style...boooyah

  • Green Building
    Green Building Year ago

    Thanks a lot for your great advise man.. i appreciate it 👍

  • areUaware
    areUaware Year ago +2

    Two expensive choices for someone's first planes.
    I usually recommend much less expensive Stanley planes for people to learn how to sharpen the irons on, adjust and use.
    You can get into the two Stanley's for under a hundred dollars compared to the nearly $400.00 for the planes you showed.

    • Allen Eggemeyer
      Allen Eggemeyer 7 months ago

      I agree that this is an an expensive option but, if you are following Mathew's advise of getting these two planes, then his suggestions are a cheaper option. Try finding a original Stanley 62 low angle jack and Sargent 507 for less than $400 total. You maybe able to beat the price by buying several different beater planes to get close but don't forget the time, effort, and the cost of the needed supplies to get them functional. There is now the new Stanley 62, that I have never seen, that may be an option. Nonetheless, when you try to find a dedicated shoulder plane, the new model 62 savings are gone.

    • Russell
      Russell 9 months ago +1

      areUaware I don’t think $100 can do it.

  • weldabar
    weldabar Year ago

    After initial research I came up with the exact two planes you showed, with second blade. As I save money I see other opinions, and am considering a L-N #5 Jack instead.

  • rusty nail
    rusty nail Year ago

    I've never been a fan of No 5 planes, either high or low angle. Too big to be a smoother, too small to be a jointer. I'd bite the bullet and get a No 4 or 4-1/2 first, then a No 6 later on. Trying to keep a 7 or 8 flat over the years is not worth the benefits they offer. I'm the same with medium shoulder planes. Get a small and large when you need them. A good heavy shoulder plane makes life much easier if you want to pick up a plane and plough a rebate by hand and eye. Agree about the LN Rabbet Block Plane, one of the best multi-role planes around for my money. Just my two penneth worth from 40 years at the bench.

  • Matt Archambault
    Matt Archambault Year ago

    Great video, thanks for the info!

  • Bill K.
    Bill K. Year ago

    Great advice Matt, I hope to have the budget for those one day. Until I do I will make do with my good old Stanley No. 5 and 62 1/2...thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • Jerry Stark
    Jerry Stark Year ago

    Excellent recommendations!

  • Brian Prusa
    Brian Prusa Year ago +1

    I have these... maybe I should use them.

  • riskmandel1
    riskmandel1 Year ago

    Do you ever cut rabbets with this block plane? If so, I'd love to see how you do it. I have this plane but haven't been able to get consistent results with it.

  • Christopher
    Christopher Year ago

    What about the toothed blades from veritas? Do you use them?

  • Steve Collins
    Steve Collins Year ago

    I agree, Mathew.

  • Rachel Manning
    Rachel Manning Year ago +1

    Excellent video, as always. These are the first 2 I bought. Both Quangsheng brand here in the U.K., I think they’re excellent value.
    I also have a toothing iron for my jack, shifts a huge amount of material.

    • MM Wood Studio
      MM Wood Studio  Year ago

      I hear toothed blades are great for that. Never tried it myself.

  • bigscreen bird
    bigscreen bird Year ago +10

    I see where this would be ideal to have both of these planes but a lot of new woodworkers would look at those prices and be very intimidated and not want to spend $450 or so. If this was your real “first” plane it would have to be a no.5 jack plane. Choose your make and model and learn how to tune and sharpen and you will have great results.
    Side note... these 2 planes are my fav in my collection and I use them for 90% of my jobs.

  • Dema's WoodShop
    Dema's WoodShop Year ago +1

    Have both of them :)

  • Steven Rochon
    Steven Rochon Year ago

    Good choices

  • Hoof Hearted
    Hoof Hearted Year ago +1

    Great info and it’s funny because my first two planes were a Lie Neilson rabbet block and a Veritas jack
    Great recommendations