|Review by BigDawg||posted 01-04-2013 11:23 AM||3977 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
I purchased this plane in October 2012. Since then I’ve used the plane on several projects to put it through its paces. My thoughts toward this plane are simple; it’s a great plane right out of the box.
I have sharpened the iron twice. The back of the iron was perfectly flat right from the get-go. All I had to do was hone the secondary bevel. My expectation of needing to flatten the iron was unfounded. The thick blade makes sharpening a breeze. I prefer to use an Eclipse-style honing guide and Shapton GlassStones for honing.
I decided to buy this plane new after losing several bids on eBay. The prices for used Lie-Nielsen stuff goes so close to new cost its phenomenal. This was also a factor in my decision to buy the plane new. I know if I decided to sell it for any reason, I’d get most of my money back. Now that I’ve used it, the thought of ever selling it has disappeared.
This is my first brand new plane. I’ve typically been a buy and restore vintage plane person, but the vintage Stanley #62 has a bad habit of breaking out at the mouth. I have been looking at the Lie-Nielsen planes for a long time. I had been lusting after having a premium plane that was made in America.
I really like the knob and tote on this plane. The satin soft finish of the American cherry is really gorgeous.
I’ve used this plane on three projects so far. These projects were all hard maple with lots of figure and gnarly grain. I had problems with tear out using my typical bench planes and had to do a lot of work with scrapers. I received the #62 right in the middle of the first project, and it performed very well. It didn’t totally eliminate the tear out in some spots, but it cut down the work with the scraper by a wide margin. I could not be happier with the performance of this plane.
The cost of this plane was a quit a bit for me to spend on a tool that I use primarily for a hobby, but it has more than proven it’s worth. I’ve always tried to buy quality tools, and this certainly fits that description. If you are serious about wood working, I highly recommend you buy one.
-- Shawn DuGay, Wallingford, CT http://www.bigdogwoodworks.com