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#1 posted 09-29-2009 03:40 PM


I too am a newbie and have little tools, money, or space and have decided to invest in hand tools. After buying my first hand plane (crappy Groz), I realized that the old stanley style planes do produce a wonderful finish and are fun to use. However I recently read an article in Popular Woodworking that talked about the advantanges of bevel-up bench planes – the biggest being that one plane can do the work of several planes and that they are easier for a newbie to adjust. Some searching on the internet (including Lie-Nielson’s site if you look hard enough) confirm that bevel-up planes do seem to be the way to go if you do not already have money invested in the stanley-style planes. Here is the link to a form where I posed this question to our fellow lumberjocks.

Regardless of what choice you make – I don’t think you can go wrong with either LN or LV. I plan on getting a LN bevel-up jack plane with a second blade in the next week or two. Once I get a chance to try it out, I will be sure to post a review.

-- James -

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