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Posted on First hand plane; another question!

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#1 posted 11-02-2012 03:57 PM

I’m just getting back to hand planes and having just purchased a #3 Stanley and A Millers Falls #14 (like a Stanley #5 size), I think I can speak to the restoration of an older plane. Now…. not as thoroughly as Don W as I don’t have his expertise for the restorations, BUT to get from and under $20 eBay plane to a very serviceable usable plane, was a total investment of about an hour and a half each and less than $8 worth of waterproof sandpaper to get them “Scary Sharp” (I already had some and I already had the plate glass). That includes going back to them and REsharpening them because I wanted more camber on the blades of the #3 and #14. Very slight on the #3 and more pronounced on the #14.

So from this:

To this:

in about 90 minutes.

You want a prettier one, buy one from Don W. After doing these 2 I can tell you he’s not getting rich selling those planes at those prices. :) And from what I’ve seen of his work, you’ll have a real treasure. BUT… on a low budget you can have what you want, sharpened the way you want it, without a big investment in time or money. These aren’t sailboats. :)

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