Almost any longer length hand plane can be used as either a try plane or a jointer plane. It all comes down to how you set up the iron.
Woodworking books and videos are wonderful resources. But hands on time with your tools and a few boards will teach you more than any book or video ever will.
Building a shooting board with an adjustable fence.
Some old texts would have you believe that gimlet bits cannot be sharpened. However, this is not the case.
Setting your goals high, but attainable, will enable you to challenge yourself, obtain new skills, and still have fun while doing it.