World's biggest handplane

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David Barron has a bunch of great instructional Youtube videos but he also occasionally demonstrates some pretty cool hand tools like this 5ft long coopers plane:

It probably isn’t the biggest in the world, nor can I see it getting much use these days but would be a great conversation piece. Maybe our next WoodworkingWeb Award competition should be who can make the largest, functional handplane?

-- Rob, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

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Pretty cool, I didn’t know they made them that large. Thanks for sharing:)

-- Sincerely, Sheri Noble

Wild and cool.

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

What a monster! looks like something if fell would give you an instant web foot.
Pssst Hail the electric Jointer! but it certainly is not a hand tool
There is no doubt somebody out there who could make something even bigger
but dont be encouraging them! imagine what will be turning up

-- Regards Rob

Wow, very interesting for sure.

-- HorizontalMike

I own a large plane that is between 4 to 5 feet long. I thought it was very interesting to find out that this plane was used in a stationary position, upside down and supported by removable legs.
Unlike other handplanes this one you actually push your work piece across the inverted plane similar to a motorized woodworking joiner.

-- steve66