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David Craig

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#1 posted 11-02-2012 12:47 PM

Hey Sam, as already mentioned, there are a number of good options for you.

Used Planes – You can get more for your money and some quality hardware, but it will take some elbow grease to get them in shape. One very good note about this route is that you will know your plane inside and out by the time you are done. Like it or not, even the highest quality plane will at least require a sharpening of the iron at the get go. Another plus is that you could probably get a smoother, jack, and jointer plane out of the deal. If you want to buy some restored versions, give Don W a holler. He is one of the resident plane experts and he sells refurbs.

WoodRiver – I am not familiar with these planes so can’t offer an experienced opinion. I can tell you that I read good reviews about them as a mix of quality and value. The downside is that the planes will require some tweaking to get them to work ideally (from what I read). Again, this will take you down the path of getting physically familiar with the tool.

Veritas or Lee Valley – I have the low angle jointer plane in this series by Veritas. A Jack is a good option. The fact that you can use multiple beveled blades gives it a great deal of versatility, at a price. If you desire to pick one plane, a Jack is a good choice, it can perform both smoothing and some jointing operations. Though with large sized operations, you might find it a little on the small side for jointing.

Hope you enjoy whatever you purchase,

David

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