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#1 posted 02-09-2013 12:29 PM

Marcus – Lot’s of solid info here. I totally understand the ‘spoil myself with a year of hardwork’ philosophy. I think you have a solid plan in mind already, just make sure you get the right stuff to tune up and flatten/sharpen everything. From what I understand (I only own used) even brand new LN/Veritas planes need a little work out of the box. – Less than most, but some still.

I can’t tell you which brand/model will do, but I can tell you as someone who has taken the plunge into hand tools you will cuss and want to quit if you can’t get it set up right. A finely tuned tool – regardless of brand – is a joy to use. A dull tool will piss you off and send you running for the power jointer and random orbit sander.

You may want to get your planes, get your sharpening stuff – and find/subcribe to the Chris Schwartz videos on popular woodworking so that you can learn how to set up/sharpen the tools.

Regardless of choice – good luck! Make sure you check back in and let us know which ones you went with!

-- Steve

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