I keep telling myself that I’m not a collector…that I’m not on the slippery slope…and as long as I use them (it shouldn’t really matter if I have more than I actually need) I’m still ok-no intervention required.
That said, I thought talk a bit about a couple of of the best hand planes out there for a relatively small amount of $$$.
I’m referring to Keen-Kutters “K” series (Not the KK series, they are not the same)
The K series (the one pictured is a K4) is actually the same as an early Stanley Bedrock plane with the round sides instead of flat top sides. That means that it has the bedrock type frog setup which has been copied by the high end planes. The early bedrock frogs, like regular Stanleys, required that you remove the blade to adjust the frog, but it’s really no big deal as when you move the bedrock frog on either early or later models, you change the blade setting & need to re-adjust anyway.
My point is that these great planes are out there at bargain prices. I paid $31.00 on ebay for this one. Now, since I really am NOT a collector, I look for ones that need some TLC. I don’t mind if I have to repaint them & they’re not original. This one had rust on the bed (upper side & looked bad, but was only cosmetic) and a broken rear tote. I used the electrolytic rust removal method on it (google it if you haven’t seen it…it’s really cool) & repaired the tote. Lots of old planes need a tote repair, but hey, we’re woodworkers, aren’t we? That should be no big deal. The repair is virtually invisible, & I used a catalyzed black enamel on the bed.
This is one of the reasons that I don’t feel the need to spend a couple hundred dollars for a plane when for $31.00 plus a little shipping, materials, & a little fun/putzing, I’ve got a great plane.
I’ve got a K-5 (Stanley #5 size) as well that didn’t need anything except a cleanup that cost around $35.00. With deals like this, I could become a collector…
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