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Posted on Bevel Up vs. Bevel Down - Why buy a bevel down plane anymore?

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#1 posted 10-11-2010 03:56 AM

Jon,

See if you can find an old Stanley #5. Tune it up and make it work well. Simply doing that will teach you as much as you can get from any basic hand plane video I know of. My guess is you can find a pretty decent one for about $20. You’ll end up spending more than that on sharpening stones. Learn to grind, I think good grinding is the key to success with hand tools and sharpening. I also have strong opinions on sharpening stones and grinders but I don’t think you’ll have good success with hand planes or even chisels unless you get good at grinding and sharpening. You’re going to need a decent sharpening system regardless of which way you go with the bevel-up question. Get your skills up with a $20 #5 and you’ll be ready for which ever step you take next.


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