What Is A Number-2-Size Plane

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    Because their were so many makers and brands of planes I had to decide on the rules that I would use to determine if a plane is a number-2-size smooth plane, I based this on the early Stanley Bailey plane.

    The following are the rules that I use to decide if a plane is a number-2-size, the one rule that I never break is the width of the cutter, 1-5/8 inch is the absolute max.

    1. The cutter must be no more than 1-5/8 inches wide.
    2. The cutter must be set at the proper angle to the bed to classify it as a smooth/bench plane,
    it also must be ground to the point on the bottom.
    3. The plane’s bed should be about 7 inches long.
    4. The plane should have a metallic bed.
    5. The plane should have some sort of rear handle or tote and some sort of front knob, unlike a block plane where you use only one hand to use it, with a smooth plane you should use two hands.

    Please check out my set “No.2 alike”, perhaps click and watch a slide show, might be fun?
    www.flickr.com/photos/-snapshot-/sets/72157629855122477/

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