Saturday, March 14, 2015

The #7 planes

I have few of the longer planes, mostly because the machines do most of my scut work. As much as I would love to re-claim the square footage used by the table saw, planer, jointer, and dust collection, my occasional four square of rough lumber nips that wish while it's still forming. Long live the iron apprentices.

Here are the #7s:

The shop made wood stock wasn't meant to stay that long, I had planed to cut it off to no more than "Jack" length but it works pretty good at the current size and I never got around to cutting it shorter. The Record next to it was one of the first "good" planes I acquired, mail order from Garrett Wade IIRC back in the 70's or early 80's, at about the same time the ECE in the #8 group followed me home. The type 9 Stanley in the background is the one of this group that is used the most.


  1. I used the LN #7 and it is a sweet plane and worked flawlessly. I prefer to use my type 13 stanley #7. Works just as well as the LN and it's a lot lighter.

  2. Anonymous3:46 AM


    I spent all my hand plane budget for 2014 and 2015 on too many planes I don't use. I need to save up for a #7 or even #8 metal bodied plane. Wooden bodies and their adjustment are just not made for me.
    I wonder:
    Where did you get your ECE plane? The only US vendor I know (Lee Valley) doesn't sell their jointer plane. Curiously hailing form Germany where, of course, all ECE planes are readily available.

    Kind regards


  3. Ralph,

    I like the quality of the LN but the weight wears me out after using for any length of time. Like you, I will usually use either one of the Stanley's or one of the wood stocks. I've a new Philly Jack that is really sweet and the longer ECE that is the most used of the long planes.


  4. Paula,

    All my ECE planes were acquired back in the 70's and 80's from Garrett Wade. Highland Woodworking carries a good number of ECE planes, if fact I ordered a ECE Rebate plane from them a couple of days ago.

    As I replied to Ralph, the new jointer planes are very heavy and tiring to use, The vintage Stanley's are much lighter and of course the ECE is even lighter than the Stanley.

    Thanks for taking the time to comment,