Handplane Restoration #26: Interesting middle of the road approach

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 12-01-2009 06:12 AM 4614 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 25: Stanley 112 Update Part 26 of Handplane Restoration series Part 27: Struck out at the flea market »

While looking for a link to Christopher Schwartz’s blog for my review of his book I noticed his most recent blog entry “Vintage Planes are Better than New” and thought the topic was worth sharing here. In the article, he discusses his purchase of a handplane from Steve Nisbett. Steve is a Machinest that buys old planes and rebuilds them. The planes are then sold from his ebay store. The blog article is a quick read and includes a link to Steve Nisbett’s ebay store.

Given the discussion recently about Lee Valley Planes vs. Lie-Nielson vs. Restoring planes, I thougth this would be a good compromise if people were looking for a good value in a hand plane. Check it out.

I dug around in the shop last night, but was not able to find a good candiate to try out the evapo rust on. I may have to make a flea market run this weekend. I did come across a nice #18 that I had set back. May have to get to work on it after the 112.

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

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#1 posted 12-01-2009 07:58 AM

Interesting article.

Did you ever notice how woodworking magazines never feature articles about used tools? Its because their advertisers would go nuts. They don’t want anybody to know that you can get better quality US-made tools for a quarter (or less) of the price of new crap from China/Taiwan.

I’m checking out that guys e-bay store right now.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#2 posted 12-01-2009 08:05 AM

Every once in a while I see articles about tuning old planes, but I agree the majority of the publications are intended to influence the purchase of new tools.

I am wondering if he would take planes and rework them as a service.

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

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#3 posted 12-01-2009 03:08 PM

Most of the magazines out now really don’t cater to us woodworkers. They seem to cater to the weekend warrior who doesn’t really care about how to use a plane or properly tune it up. I gave up on the printed media a while ago since there is so much more useful and FREE info on the internet. I’ve learned more about woodworking off of the forum boards I peruse daily than I could ever learn from a magazine.

Now that I am done ranting, thanks for the link. I just love working with antique tools. There’s something satisfying about using a well tuned antique, knowing that it is outperforming most of the new tools out there today, and the fact that it costs much less.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#4 posted 12-02-2009 05:36 AM

so…speaking of books…when are you going to write your book? after 26 blog entries you are becoming quite an author…and clearly an expert!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 12-02-2009 09:00 AM

I’m told I am not an expert until I have spent more on wood than I have on tools….. Have a ways to go to meet that standard.

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

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#6 posted 12-04-2013 02:02 AM

I just re-read the article today on Schwartz’s blog, and wondered what happened to Steve Nisbett’s eBay store?
Sadly it seems as though he passed away earlier this year.

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