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#1 posted 02-16-2011 04:17 AM

I tried out the Stanley Sweetheart block planes and was very disappointed. I bought two of them and had to take both of them back t the store due to manufacturing flaws. (One had a mouth that would not close smaller than an 1/8” and the other had a crooked bed seat so it would never take an even shaving.

I ended up buying Veritas ( I have three of their planes now and am quite happy with them. Nice paper thin shavings and the tools were flat and true from the factory. I literally could use them right out of the box, though I do recommend sharpening any blade you get from any source.

If I were starting out again I would place a higher emphasis on learning proper sharpening techniques and having a good sharpening system in place to begin with. No matter how good the plane is that you get, you have to be able to sharpen the blades really well or your experience will not be as satisfying as it can be. There is nothing like a sharp, tuned tool in your hands.

In fact, I find myself doing some board flattening by hand now that I could do with my machines, solely due to the sheer enjoyment of working wood by hand.. I never thought I would like it this much.

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