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Re: Patrick’s memes
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Patrick’s memes ()

William Duffield
Sorry. My comment on the #6 was meant to be tongue-in-cheek. I think Patrick's comments were too, but I could be wrong.

The only strongly cambered iron I use is on my #40 scrub plane, but my forked-tailed apprentices do all the heavy work.

Looking back, the first bench plane I was introduced to was a Stanley #5-1/4, for my first woodworking project in high school shop class, of course. I haven't used one since. :( That's too bad, because the iron and chip breaker pairs from my #3 (favorite smoother) and #603 would drop right in. I have acquired several #4s and #5s--I don't know where--they just seem to crawl out of the woodwork--and a 4-1/2.

Of course, a #6 can be configured either as a try plane or a jointer. I think the only reason I don't have two of them is I am spoiled by my #7 (which should have been called a #607). Whether you decide to pick up a #6, a #7 or a #8 should depend first on the length of your board and not on which shoulder muse you are listening to at the time.

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