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#1 posted 02-09-2013 01:40 PM

Marcus, you are right. There is a ton of information out there regarding vintage tools, and trying to sort through it all before getting to work just doesn’t make sense. ‘Buy cheap, if it doesn’t work, upgrade.’ That’s a path, but not a very attractive one.

I’m not a plane seller, but seriously, for $500 I could outfit you with a near-full set (as Don suggests) of pre-war Stanley bench planes consisting of a smoother, jack and jointer, as well as a pair of block planes and a sharpening system. Heck, maybe even add a #50 plow plane to the mix, too, for dado and rabbet work. That’s the thing some of us think about as a frame of reference when ‘I’d like a pair of planes for $500’ comes up.

I bought my first LN plane last month, and couldn’t be happier. I know fellas with LV tools that also swear by them. Either of those choices are top-notch. Good luck in your foray into hand planes; using these tools has brought me immense satisfaction, and I hope it does for you, too.

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

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