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#1 posted 04-08-2017 01:59 PM

First time user? Depends on how much these fellows say you NEED to spend..meh

Stanley/ Bailey No.5 or #5c…..dime a dozen, $15-$35
Millers Falls No. 14, same as a Stanley No. 5, and about the same amount of $$
Stanley Bedrock No. 605, or No. 605c…..a little more pricey…..$50 and up
Ohio Tool Co. No. 0-5…....Same as the Stanley Bailey, and just as good. A little bit more rare ($$) then the above.
Then the high dollar stuff from WoodRiver, Lee Valley, L-N…...Mostly more “Bling” and a lot more cash

First time for a handplane? Stay away from those Low Angle Jack planes, at least until you have had more time with the “normal” bevel down planes. They are supposed to work better on end grain, but unless you will be making a lot of end grain cutting boards…..

Learn to tune and sharpen the plane, it will do you more good than just opening a fancy box.

Some will tell you that you will NEED to place an after-market, thick iron in any older plane…..have yet to find a need for one, and I have been using my stable of vintage planes for quite a few years with just the irons that were made for them. Save that “new iron” money for sharpening supplies, instead.

Now, I’ll turn this over to the LV and L-N sales guys…...

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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