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Blog entry by WEASEL posted 01-21-2010 01:15 AM 1641 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m not too familiar with hand tools and I’m looking for some reputable companies that either manufacture or will make custom wood planing tools or any hand woodworking types of tools. Any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

-- WEASEL, Anthem AZ



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bigike

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#1 posted 01-21-2010 01:30 AM

look up philip edwards here on LJ or go to his site www.phillyplanes.co.uk also lie nielson got some nice stuff. holteyplanes.com there are afew others but i can’t recall all of them mainly cuz their to expencive for me. good luck and keep us posted on what u get.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#2 posted 01-21-2010 01:39 AM

Lee Valley is also a good choice for hand tools. They also have a very nice printed catalog.

http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=2&p=48940&cat=1,41182

For the catalog go here
https://www.leevalley.com/home/CatalogSelect.aspx?c=2

I have one of Philip’s planes and can recommend him.

You can find Lie Nielson at http://www.lie-nielsen.com/

Lots of folks here get old stanley planes and put them back into service. Lots of posts about this topic on the site.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 01-21-2010 01:46 AM

i ran into another one called breseplanes.com

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#4 posted 01-21-2010 06:35 AM

i have been going to the library lately and found a book on hand planes. without knowing how and what to use planes for its impossible to know what you need. here is a basic idea of the types of planes you will see in most peoples tool set.

jack plane
smooth plane
block plane
rabbet plane
router plane

I have bough a couple of planes recently on ebay a bull nose rabbet (a stanley SH) and a block(millers falls No 17). the older stanley and millers falls are decent enough planes. my jack plane is a stanley type 18. lee valley and lie nielsen are good companies. also woodcraft sells a decent plane that has gotten good reviews called woodriver. LN an LV planes are higher quality and dont need as much tuning out of the box. since i only have older tools i cant really attest to it but thats every word i have gotten from friends and magazines.

-- Got Wood?

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#5 posted 01-21-2010 04:13 PM

I would also recommend checking out Tom Fidgen’s blog, http://tomfidgen.blogspot.com/ for info about hand tools. He uses hand tools exclusively for his projects and might have some good links/info on his page. He just came out with a book as well that I’ve heard is really good, called “Made by Hand” that might also be useful.

Here’s the amazon link to his book:
http://www.amazon.com/Made-Hand-Furniture-Projects-Unplugged/dp/1558708952/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264083200&sr=8-1

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#6 posted 01-21-2010 07:17 PM

I got a copy Made by Hand over Christmas and can recommend it. If your looking to use mainly hand tools , it is a must read. There is a review of Tom’s book in the reviews section.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 01-24-2010 06:04 AM

thanks for the feedback. I checked out the sites you guys recommended. I really took a liking to the phillyplaneCO. I also found a CO. called Holtey planes. Any other pros and cons on these 2 tool makers would also be very helpful thanks

-- WEASEL, Anthem AZ

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WayneC

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#8 posted 01-24-2010 06:21 AM

Phil (phillyplanes) is a fellow lumberjock and a craftsman who makes highquality planes. Check here for his projects….

http://lumberjocks.com/philsville/projects

You migh also want to check out HNT Gordon. The are a commercial manufacture of wooden planes.

http://www.craftsmanstudio.com/html_p/hntgordon.htm

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 01-24-2010 07:05 AM

Smoothing plane like a Stanley #3, #4, or #5
Block plane like a Stanley #9
Jack plane like a Stanley #7 or #8
Jointer Plane like a Stanley #6
Low angle block plane like a Stanley 60 1/2
Shoulder plane like a Stanley #92
Router plane like a Stanley #271 or #71
To find out more about these planes, links below.
http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan0a.html
https://home.comcast.net/~rexmill/planes101/planes101.htm
And the best book I’ve found for learning about planes is Chris Schwarz’s book Handplane Essentials.
http://www.woodworkersbookshop.com/product/book-woodworking-magazine-handplane-essentials/hand-tools

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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