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#1 posted 05-14-2012 01:53 PM

I second Don’s reco of the Stanley #18 block – it fits the hand, is nice and heavy, and has the depth as well as lateral adjusters needed to make it a good plane. Lots to be had, too, and anything through the 1950s in vintage will be fine. It’ll last several lifetimes.

If there’s any way possible for you to get your hands on the Stanley blocks to test drive, do it. There are (were) dozens in the Stanley line at one time, each slightly wider or longer then the others. And that makes choosing one a very personal thing. The knuckle caps are what I like best, you may like something else entirely. And if you’ve got the time, you can learn about what’s out there via Patrick Leach’s Blood and Gore site.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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