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#1 posted 09-29-2009 05:25 PM

Some great input, thanks everyone. What would be the downside to a bevel-up plane, since most comments seem to be in praise of such? Also, isn’t bevel-up the common orientation for block planes? I have a cheap Stanley that I got from HD and did some work on, to the best of my ability, and it works well right after I sharpen the blade, but performance quickly falls off (I realize this speaks more to the blade quality, not overall plane, but am still skeptical of the overall quality of new Stanley plane( i.e. plastic handles, loose, multiple blade adjustment screws, etc.)). I would like to buy a block plane that I know will be off the highest quality for the life of the plane, and as such am leaning towards the Lee Valley LA Veritas block plane with adjustable mouth. I have read elsewhere, however, that the adjustable mouth makes the plane a but more unwieldy, something that seems to go against the whole purpose of a block plane. Any comments?

Also, to Walnut – The idea of getting multiple planing action in one plane sounds appealing, but my experience with these things in the past is that they do all things less well than their dedicated counterparts. While I can’t speak specifically for quality woodworking tools, I would hope to one day have a full collection of quality planes. Again, perhaps someone with more experience could comment on this as well?

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