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#1 posted 02-16-2011 05:45 AM

Right now, the most bang for the buck in a new bevel down bench plane is probably the V3 Woodriver #4 or the latest edition of the Stanley Sweetheart #4. Both may require some minor tuning and honing of the blade but you should be up and making shavings very quickly.

If you spend a little more and get a Veritas or LN you should expect those to work out of the box with perhaps a quick hone of the blade.

If you do want to try your hand at setting up a vintage Stanley or Union look for one that was made pre-World War II. Google for “stanley plane type study” and read up on how to identify them. Replacing the stock blade with a Hock, Pinnacle, IBC or R. Cosman will make a big difference but will also make your vintage plane cost $40 to $100 more, putting you right back at nearly the cost of a new V3 Woodriver #4.

And one last thought about spending a bit more for the Veritas and LN planes (and Clifton but they have been a bit of a crap-shoot in recent years for quality) is that the Veritas and LN planes hold their resale value should you decide you don’t like it. You have a good chance of re-selling them for only a little less than you paid (excluding shipping).

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