Which Plane Should I Buy First? | Paul Sellers December 3, 2019 48 By Luis Garrison CategoryArticles BlogTagshand tools paul sellers woodworking 48 Comments Joshua MacDonald says: November 10, 2017 at 10:07 am I notice you didn't say block plane. I notice a lot of wood workers go on about the block plane but I noticed I personally reach for my #4 for most of the tasks they mention. Reply izee says: November 10, 2017 at 10:08 am thers a long black screen at the end Reply Eddy W says: November 10, 2017 at 10:23 am Could you show setting up a No4 plane please Paul. Reply Danny’s wood shop says: November 10, 2017 at 10:23 am Could u do a video on setting up wooden plane old planes plz thank you Reply Jason B. says: November 10, 2017 at 11:24 am Thank you for spreading your knowledge over and over again!! I have a question for you. I have a #4 that I reconditioned and I bought a new low angle jack #62. Would I benefit by adding a #5 or #5 1/2 to my tool box? Thanks again, Jason Reply Sergeant Crow says: November 10, 2017 at 11:26 am Before watching I am going to say my choice 'Adjustable frog block plane' for 1st plane… Reply Ray Herring says: November 10, 2017 at 11:29 am I started with the Stanley #4 but it was the most annoying thing to use. Got myself a Lie-Nielson #3 and #7 and have to say I haven't found any reason to go back to the #4, if I was to get another one it would be one of the #5's next. Reply BigDaddy B says: November 10, 2017 at 12:16 pm I'm slowly collecting woodworking hand tools….and i mean slowly because of a bunch of different reasons. This will be a starting point for me finding that right plane when the time comes. Reply Scruffy 61 says: November 10, 2017 at 12:17 pm thanks Paul for the info. Reply Bathrobe Carpenter says: November 10, 2017 at 12:28 pm I agree. 1st plane a number 4. 2nd I’d say a fore plane or scrub plane. 3rd is go for a jointer plane. The number 4 will do the jointing too just set your blade really shallow so that it will take just the peaks in the wood. It’s a very versatile plane. Thanks Paul. Reply Darren Dempsey says: November 10, 2017 at 12:40 pm Got a record no7 last week from eBay I've been fettling it and got I've myself a beautiful tool I love the Bailey pattern planes my bedrock is a bit too heavy for everyday work bedrocks are cumbersome when compared to a Bailey planes Reply Steven Suing says: November 10, 2017 at 12:57 pm After watching all of your videos, this one isn't a surprise. The #4 was my first plane and still my favorite. You're an inspiration and i'm having a great time building things using the techniques you teach. Reply Markus Skov says: November 10, 2017 at 1:08 pm What chisels should I buy first? Cheap or more experience? Reply Matt Heere says: November 10, 2017 at 1:18 pm #4 was my first and it is clearly the most useful plane I own. My 2nd ended up being a #6 just by happenstance (never pass up a beautiful plane at a rummage sale!). I think you could make a case for this choice even without the bargain. On the occasion where I feel the #4 is too short, I like having the significantly longer bed of the #6. Reply s4n714g000 says: November 10, 2017 at 1:52 pm I think the vise is perhaps one of the most important tools in the shop if not THE most important one, could you talk a little about them? what a good one should have or maybe how the one you have works? Thank you for the video, I really appreciate all the knowledge and information you give through your channel. Reply Primal Edge says: November 10, 2017 at 2:19 pm something so surreal about using a plane. Reply thedr00 says: November 10, 2017 at 2:31 pm I'm confused by some of the vernacular, is #4 a size or a type? And "smoothing" vs "bench", what is the difference between those? e.g i see on amazon a "#4 smoothing bench plane" for £29, which seems most reasonable to me, but after having watched this, it makes me think "smoothing" and "bench" are somehow not words that should appear together. Could a kind soul please help a confused idiot understand this? Reply jaydub says: November 10, 2017 at 2:51 pm Why would you not recommend a low-angle jack plane as a first plane? It seems to encompass the best of all worlds–and with the acquisition of different plane blades (sharpened at different angles) it can do practically everything that any other bench plane can do. Plus, it handles difficult grain and end-grain better than either of the ones you recommend (I'd guess–not having used YOUR planes!). Reply 99corncob says: November 10, 2017 at 3:55 pm Over the past couple of years, I have decided that the plane is my favorite tool and I look for excuses to use it. My first plane was a #5 jack plane over 100 years old that I inherited from my grandfather. After a good sharpening and tuning, it's still the smoothest and best plane I have, though I have acquired a couple other new ones (including a #4) since then. There's nothing as satisfying as using a good, sharp hand tool on wood. Reply Wade Patton says: November 10, 2017 at 4:13 pm I borrowed a #5 to make my bench. Since then I've collected and refurbished antiques and old gear, and only need five or six more. LET THERE BE PLANES! Also, make your own. Reply J.W. Kooi says: November 10, 2017 at 4:31 pm Love these short but verry helpfull videos. Reply Anthony E. Idealistic Woodworks says: November 10, 2017 at 6:21 pm Idk I bought a block plane first, after that when I get the money will be the #4, then an actual smoothing plane for table tops. Reply A LeBlanc says: November 10, 2017 at 7:03 pm Great video for anyone interested in getting a first plane! Reply Michael Ballinger says: November 10, 2017 at 7:35 pm Ahhhhhhhh Paul I just started bidding on a number 5 yesterday and now you release this… Now there's gonna be a rush on them and a bidding war! Reply The Wood Yogi says: November 10, 2017 at 9:10 pm Hello Paul, I would love to see a Poor Mans project using mostly the Poor Mans tools. I'm sure it would be great fun. I have come on leaps and bounds from watching your videos and I'm connecting many points that I missed over the years. Woodworking is becoming second nature to me and I make something everyday when possible. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and time ॐ Reply Jens Sigurdson says: November 10, 2017 at 9:38 pm Tommy have a look at the UK Amazon page and look for planes from Faithfull Tools. They make dirt cheap planes that are as good or better than Stanley. You can buy a set of a #4, #5 and a block plane for the same money as a Stanley or Record plane.One of the planes Paul doesn't mention is the scrub plane. Properly because it is not the first plane you would want to buy. But I mention it because you can pick up an old wooden plane at a yard sale for a few $/£ and convert it into an excellent scrub plane that will save you a ton of time and effort. Reply JCassidy3383 says: November 11, 2017 at 12:15 am Thank you! I have been wondering the same thing. Reply ColoredSquid says: November 11, 2017 at 1:17 am Someone please help! I find that when I plane I almost always end up with a slight rounded surface (OR it could be just a slant,not a round sometimes, like I've planed at an angle without realizing???) and when I check it with the square one side is higher and one is lower. Whether it be on face grain or edge grain I get the same thing. How do I counteract this? (I'm pretty sure it isn't my plane blades or that I set them wrong or maybe it is I don't know) Reply Police says: November 11, 2017 at 5:03 am 👌🏽👮🏼 Reply jacobthellamer says: November 11, 2017 at 9:09 am I always turn to my #3 Reply Fox Brendon says: November 11, 2017 at 12:29 pm What happened to the fourth part of the dovetailed box? Reply Fermitu Poupon says: November 12, 2017 at 2:43 am Years ago I got a #4 as my first plane. Which is a fine all-rounder, but I tend to grab my #5 1/2 most of the time. Only really use the #4 if I need the smaller footprint. Reply nisancashi2241 says: November 13, 2017 at 7:45 am excellent tip Reply Paolo Mh says: November 15, 2017 at 1:06 am May I suggest a joinery series from medieval to modern? Reply pepticon says: November 15, 2017 at 3:54 pm I started with a no. 4, and then 4 again, then 5 1/2, then 6 (because I found bedrock style that cheap), and then 4 again, then 4 1/2.now looking for no. 3 & 5.damn, I just started around a month ago, but this hand plane thing is quite addictive :p Reply tkjazzer says: November 17, 2017 at 3:40 am Did he say planes by different makers? They all looked like Stanley to me Reply Serhat Akiska says: January 7, 2018 at 10:02 pm Hi Paul and fellow followers, as I don't feel comfortable buying a used Stanley No.4 at ebay, I will appreciate any recommendation for buying a new one. Is it critical what model number I should look for; 12-404 etc.? what does it mean anyway? Should I consider Woodriver or Luban (apparently manufactured in China and have rather good reviews) or Veritas? If I could determine what size/model my old Stanley is (could be contractor model), maybe I should get a replacement blade and start with it. Is there a way to know what size/type blade to get? Although I am a beginner (sofar a 4-posted king size bed, a dropleaf table, both poplar and a workbench; all with Paul's youtube video assistance on techniques and tips, thanks Paul), I don't want a to buy a cheap one only to regret later as I think it is only wasted money.If ebay is the common recommendation, what questions should be asked the seller? Thank ou all in advance! Reply Serhat Akiska says: January 12, 2018 at 8:44 pm Thanks Jason, much appreciated! I guess I will give eBay a try and take it from there. Still wondering what the Stanley model numbers refer to Reply gregdrivesajetta says: January 14, 2018 at 2:48 pm Why do you recommend the #4 over the #5? Can’t the #5 do everything the #4 can do and more? Reply Guillermo Sánchez says: January 25, 2018 at 11:08 pm Paul you re the best!! Reply Joshua Rosen says: February 8, 2018 at 9:31 pm My first plane was an old Stanley no. 4. It was a bit rusty and blunt when I bought it for not very much. I cleaned it up and sharpened the iron and it was as good as new. Reply Kiki Lang says: March 2, 2018 at 5:16 pm Thanks, as always, to the point. Reply J. Dkhar says: April 8, 2018 at 5:03 pm What about the japanese plane (the kanna). And can we get close shavings from other planes as a kanna plane? Reply M.I.Z Khalid says: May 31, 2018 at 5:30 am Hello there! I really enjoy your woodworking videos and they've become somewhat addictive. It's more of a hobby for me and I'm enjoying it more with your comprehensive ideas and tutorials. I found a plane "INGCO HPL01300". It's got two screws to align the blade. Could you please do a video on how this can be set up? I can't seem to find any instructions on this. Thanks a million! Khalid Reply bikerdad63 says: January 31, 2019 at 3:53 am how do you know if its a #4 #5 #6 or even a #41/2? Reply Robert Mielke says: October 2, 2019 at 10:48 pm There are as many suggestions for your first bench planes as there are planes. I've noticed in your general woodworking videos that you use your #4 smoother. My first plane was a #62 low angle jack plane from Lie-Nielsen. This bevel down jack plane is very versatile as it can be used for taking a lot of material off, for shooting board work and especially end grain needs. With the changing of the blade you can also use it as a smoother. In addition I did purchase a #4 bronze smoother from Lie-Nielsen as well as a low angle bronze rabbeting block plane. My final plane is a small Veritas plow plane with an assortment of different width blades for plowing grooves used in so many applications. It is extremely useful and well made. I think I'm done collecting planes for now as I need to get on with using them on upcoming Winter projects. Thanks for your advice on tool purchases. I respect your opinions as I witness your choices in your videos. Reply JBL Creations says: October 8, 2019 at 9:01 pm I'm a total noob, but I'm surprised it's not a jack plane Reply David Wolf says: November 24, 2019 at 10:24 am Thanks a lot for this video. I was wondering if the No. 4 is still the best starting plane if I already own a small block plane and want to go for a second plane now, which helps in planing medium sized surfaces. what do you suggest? Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.