|Project by PflugervilleSteve||posted 11-06-2010 08:30 AM||2811 views||2 times favorited||17 comments|
Picked up the number 8 Bailey off of ebay. It’s in excellent condition and after sharpening the blade up joints long slabs like a dream. I’ve been practising using to flatten some big panels.
The Lie Nielsen number 4 when Woodcraft was clearancing them out, so I got it brand new at a slight discount. I purchased it after attending one of the Lie-Nielsen travelling demo show things. If you have a chance, go see one. It gave me a new appreciation for sharp and I make way less sawdust now (but LOTS more shavings!) which is good for the allergies and those wood dust boogers.
I’m really not crazy about the Stanley 90. I picked it up on a whim at Woodcraft (I’m a clearance shopper – I admit it). It’s useful, but I have often wished it had a longer “nose?” on the front. I’ve tried the Lie Nielsen and Veritas Shoulder planes, and am in lust.
I’ve got two 607 Bedrocks I’m refurbing, a Stanley 3 that is in minty condition, a Stanley 5 that I’ve completely refurbed. I’ll throw up some better (finished refurb) pictures soon. I’ve even made a couple replacement totes. Getting the angle for the hole for the hardware was a booger until I found some instructions and some templates on Lee Valley’s website. The size wasn’t right, but their approach helped make the process much easier. Always a new technique, right?
I also have an Ohio Tools 1/2” dado plane that I picked up as part of a group of planes I purchased. Once I sharpened it up and cleaned it up, it cuts like a champion.
But as I said – a cautionary tale. Buy one or two and soon you’re like, “Wow – that guy is selling that plane for 10 bucks? (The number 5). Sweet! I’ll strip it down refinish it then… ummmm…. sell it or trade it, yeah that’s it. I don’t need that many planes….”