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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 12-06-2007 07:30 PM

Alin makes a good point. You will spend a good 4 hours tuning and sharpening a used plane. However, I see it as time well spent in getting very well acquainted with this very simple yet complex tool. By the time you take a flea market special from junk to beautiful thin shavings, you will be on very intimate terms with it. Most of us never had the opportunity to go through the old manual training classes while in school. If we had, we would already know much of what you will learn while tuning, cleaning and sharpening that old plane. After you have learned on the old plane, then buy a new Lie-Nielsen. Now you will know what makes it tick and how to keep it that way. There is a reason that pilots are trained in small, single engine aircraft and then moved through the different models. It is always wise to really understand the tools we use, whether it is a wood plane or a 747.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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