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Posted on First hand plane; another question!

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#1 posted 11-02-2012 02:06 PM

One thing to keep in mind >

out of that $250, put aside a good amount to invest in sharpening/honing materials (stones/sandpapers/honing paste/jigs/granite surface/grinder/etc). without this , not even the LV plane would work ‘out of the box’ – they will all require at least honing of the blades if not more.

Other than that, restoring an old/used handplane really doesn’t take that much effort and will have a plus side being your first hand plane – it will educate you on the parts of the hand plane and make your familiar with how it’s parts are working which translates to how it performs, and how you use it. this is how I finally understood some things about using hand planes (not so from my ‘first’ one which came “not so ready out of the box” as I hoped it would)

if not used, then of your 2 options, I’d go with the LV one.

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