I’ve been looking to grow my hand plane collection for almost a year. A Stanley #6 kinda satisfied my tastes, I don’t make a lot of large projects, and nice Stanley #7’s and #8’s usually command premium prices.
This #6 showed up on eBay, and I bid until I won.
A whole $39.75
Man, this thing is HUGE! Well at least for me. It weighs just under 8 pounds. (from Patrick’s Blood & Gore website), and the sole and sides were evenly covered in rust.
Not so bad, almost 3 hours later I had draw filed, sanded, and lapped the rust away. I tuned the important places as I cleaned and reassembled the plane.
The blade was pretty dull, which is why it didn’t looked used very much.
This is the heaviest plane that I have used. My Stanley #5 weighs 4 3/4lbs.
It is very much a different experience, you can feel that it’s heavier, but it doesn’t require as much continuous effort through the power stroke.
I plan on re-doing the knob and tote later, after I’ve played with this big boy awhile!
I tend to use my planes a lot, I prefer hand tools whenever possible.
Maybe I’ll let my gym membership lapse, there’s a new work-out coming.
Thanks for looking!
-- dust control