I want to be completely honest starting this series by standing up and saying hi my name is Jacob and I am addicted to tools, I also am a collector or pack rat who loves to gamble. This being said I wrote a blog recently to admit I have fallen into the group who embraces hand planes I have seen several videos and read articles that convinced me that both to be a true woodworker one must one at least one and two that they are a essential tool to use whether with power tools or hand tools. I as a person who follows this website saw several people mention the abundance of hand planes on eBay and decided to go look, BAD IDEA, as a gambler I enjoy the biding and waiting to see how it plays out on an item. I also tend to look at all the information when beginning something such as working with hand planes and decided I needed multiple planes, this fed my collecting side as well.
I have in the few day since embracing hand planes purchased or “won” on eBay several hand planes. A Stanley block plane (vintage of course), a Stanley 5 1/2, a Ohio tool co. block plane, Hsb and Co. plane, Norvelle Shapleigh Hardware Co. Diamond Edge plane and most recently a Stanley jack 5 1/4 plane while also be at the moment the highest bidder on a Stanley No. 7 smooth base plane 22”, and )VINTAGE) STANLEY NO. 78 RABBET plane. In my defense I am pretty sure after all have been cleaned up and fixed if necessary they will accomplish the needs I envisioned when I purchased them.
This is a sentiment not shared by my wife, she seems to think maybe I have gone overboard and is while not looking for a knife is not wanting cuddle time. So this series will either end up with a hopefully nice collection of hand planes that improve my end product in my woodshop or me looking to see if anyone needs a roommate. Keep your fingers crossed either way. On a side note what are some of the things one should look for when buying planes online to avoid things like planes that are not fixable or parts that are more difficult to procure.
Thanks for reading.
-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log