Quality Planes really are different

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Review by DouginVa posted 528 days ago 2902 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was parusing Craigslist today and a Lie Nielson Low Angle Adjustable Mouth Block Plane was posted…..and it said $100 or make an offer. The post couldn’t have been on there for more than a few minutes so I offered $80. The poster said Ok, but come down quickly if you can. I wrapped up what I was doing and called for the address and this woman obviously had no idea what she had or was selling. She said it was a gift to her husband who simply hasn’t even used it and doesn’t anticipate that he will.

Went down there to pick it up and it was still in the box had 3 small diamond sharpening and honing plates but then I realized the iron wasn’t with the box. She didn’t even know what that was so she said she’d look for it and call me if she found it. I wasn’t gone 10 minutes when she called me so I made a u-turn. She said she’d knock $10 off the price since I had to come back.

The plane is pictured above. I looked at Lie Nielson’s website and this plane is selling new for $165, but didn’t mention anything about the diamond plates. Who knows where they came from or how much they cost….and who cares? Their mine now.

So I took it home, honed the iron, the sole didn’t need any flattening but I hit it with some very fine sandpaper to remove a tiny spec of rust that had developed. Then I hit some wood with it. And…..OMG! I’ve never taken off such a thin even shaving of wood. This plane is noticeably heavier than my previous low angle block plane, the Stanley SW 60 1/2.

Comparing the two is like comparing Roseann Barr to a Victoria Secret super model. Not that the Stanley is bad, it’s just that they are miles apart.

I’ve always read here on LJ that you don’t really know how well a plane can work until you use a quality high end plane. I’m a believer now.


Anybody want to purchase a well cared for Stanley low angle SW 60 1/2?

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#1 posted 528 days ago

I am waiting for her husband to post on here wanting his plane back. You got a good deal there. Enjoy it they dont come often

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#2 posted 528 days ago

Now, that is a tool gloat if I have ever seen one. Congrats on the awesome deal.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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#3 posted 528 days ago

I got one of these new a few weeks ago, and sure didn’t get any diamond plates with it. That said, it’s a good deal even at full price. It trims end grain, hard and soft, like nobody’s business. That’s a good catch for you!

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#4 posted 528 days ago

Yeah, I’d love to be a fly on the wall when he comes home. “You did what?! Do you realize how much that was worth?! You @!#$*&%. My mother was right. I never should have married you. I’m gonna sell your favorite lingerie now. You look horrible in it anyway.”

Then the fight started…....

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#5 posted 528 days ago

That is a great tool. You can buy that plane all day long for $95 at Amazon.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#6 posted 528 days ago

Nice score. I’ll give you $50.00 for the Stanley :-)

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#7 posted 528 days ago

Welcome to the fancy pants club. Seeing I like to work with wood and not metal, a Lie-Nielsen out of the box beats fettling a lesser quality plane any day.

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#8 posted 528 days ago

I dont think the amazon one (i looked, was curious) is the adjustable mouth version. Here

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#9 posted 528 days ago

Definately not the same plane.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#10 posted 528 days ago

Welcome to the club! It’s an addiction that really pays! I buy nothing but LN now and couldn’t be happier. Congrats on your great deal.

-- LAS,

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#11 posted 528 days ago

Don’t know about where you live, but in my state that would be grounds for divorce! Great score.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 528 days ago

Nothing beats quality, congrats on a fine score and diamond
plates to boot. Oh yeah!

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#13 posted 528 days ago

Bogeyguy, what he got was the 60 1/2 and what you’re looking at on Amazon is the lower end version of the 102.

Douginva, that is a great score and a great plane. I hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

I got lucky a while back and got the 60 1/2 and bronze 102 in the box for $180. Got them home, put a piece a wood in the vise, took the plane out of the box and started planing.

Hoooooooly C*&%P!!! I almost fell, I was so weak at the knees. I especially love the sound when they cut.

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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#14 posted 527 days ago

I have one and I agree. IT’S AMAZING.

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#15 posted 527 days ago

I have the LN 60 1/2 RN Rabbeting Block Plane. I love it!! It gets used on just about every project. There is something about getting a high quality tool in hand.

-- Mike ---- Visit my woodworking blog:

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