Tool Test: The Jack of All Planes
From flattening to smoothing, the No. 5 can do it all
A true jack of all trades, the jack plane can handle smoothing as well as shorter planes, and it comes in handy for the flattening and straightening tasks that are often the job of longer planes. Jeff Miller tested 12 jack planes to see how well they handle a variety of tasks. He also took a look at some low-angle jack planes, which offer even more versatility.
The list includes planes from Clifton, Footprint, Kunz, Lie-Nielsen, Stanley, Veritas, and Wood River.