#6 1/2 fore plane. My contribution to Stanley’s numbering system. They forgot the 6 1/2. I really like using this size plane. Falls between the fore and jointer planes, so use it however you like. Makes a really nice short jointer for the numerous times 22″ is just too long and unwieldy.
When set up with the cambered blade, you can eliminate all plane tracks during the final smoothing of boards and panels. To eliminate any chance of tearing the wood, just adjust the chipbreak gap to a narrow setting. This is easily done without even having to remove the blade or change the setting.
See our ‘plane adjustments’ page for all the details and video.
#6 1/2: 19″ long with a 2 1/4″ blade.