|Forum topic by ondablade||posted 09-14-2009 08:01 PM||830 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
09-14-2009 08:01 PM
Hi guys. I’ve been digging with a view to upgrading from my Clifton no. 5 and Stanleys which have been used for mostly DIY and small bits of furniture work. I’ve no experience yet of them, but i seem to have worked my way to the conclusion that it’s going to be very hard not to opt for a set of the low angle/bevel up Lee Valley/Veritas family of planes http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=2&p=52515&cat=1,230,41182 – a low angle block, low angle jack, bevel up smoother, and a bevel up jointer.
The positives seem to stack up as follows:
1. All the reviews i’ve found are universally excellent.
2. The three bench planes all take the same format 3/16 in thick X 2 1/4 in wide blade which is available in 25, 38, 50 and 38 deg toothed forms over the 12 deg bed angle in carbon and A2 steels – meaning it’s relatively inexpensive to arrange to have 37, 50, 62 and 50 deg toothed options available for different situations, as well as square and radius grinds. The low angle block can also be set up with the same wide range of blade options.
3. The low angle format facilitate this versatility with easy blade changing, and adjustable mouths, as well as a high level of chatter resistance.
4. Best of all they are very reasonably priced (easier to manufacture) compared to both the more usual bevel down planes and the LN’s which i was thinking of when i started the exercise – of the order of 1/3 less.
Here’s hoping i’m not missing something obvious…..
-- Late awakener....