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Don W

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#1 posted 03-06-2014 12:54 PM

Scott, don’t let the stories scare you off of vintage. There are dozens of manufactures such as Stanley, Sargent, Millers Falls, Ohio, Union, etc, etc that sold jointers for centuries. And keep in mind at that time people didn’t have hobbies, they made a living. If they didn’t work, they wouldn’t have sold.

With all due respect (we all have a right to our opinions) vintage tools can be made to work and work well with normal tools and reasonable effort.

I agree LN tool are nice, but at well over $400 for a jointer, you better have a pretty good job if your putting together a set of hand planes. To scare off a young hobbyist woodworkers by telling them they need to buy LN to do a decent job is insane.

I also agree the #7 is more popular based on request I get for jointers. I’m sure that’s a combination of cost and weight. My Stanley type 11 #8 weights 8lbs 14oz. The #7 is 7lbs 7oz so there is quit a difference.

I’m 6’ tall about 245lbs, (yes I could stand to loose a few) and a #608 is my favorite jointer. My advice is look for either, and take the first good deal you find. Either will do you well.

I have, on occasion, found a few vintage out of whack enough that I used the belt sander to get them close, but the norm is a few minutes on a granite top, if it needs anything at all.

Note, when a plane goes out of my shop, its been tested, not with feeler gauges and other measuring tools, but with a piece of wood. It just has to work and work well.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com


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