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Forum topic by dbw posted 09-19-2015 07:28 PM 981 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2015 07:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: smoothing plane stanley

I’m thinking of buying one of these. It costs under $20. Is it worth the money or is it a “separator”?

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#1 posted 09-19-2015 08:35 PM

I think you’ll have nothing but frustration trying to work with a cheap modern stanley plane. I’d say learn how to restore and buy an old stanley plane, type 15 or earlier ideally (google stanley type study for more info). Or save up and buy a woodriver v3, they are the best of the affordable import planes these days.

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#2 posted 09-19-2015 09:01 PM

I agree with Allen’s statement above—

I would add only that there is absolutely nothing wrong with Stanley planes right up to and including type 19 (1948-61 = years of manufacture).

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#3 posted 09-19-2015 09:42 PM

Thanks and I will check out them out. I’m actually looking at them on ebay.

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#4 posted 09-19-2015 10:09 PM

BTW what is the scoop on a corrugated bottom?

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#5 posted 09-24-2015 08:06 AM

Corrugated seems to just be a gimmick. Some people swear by them, other people say they just catch on pieces of wood.

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#6 posted 09-25-2015 05:25 PM

Current production of non-premium planes have such low production standards and sketchy quality control that your odds of getting one capable of being fettled to a good user are pretty slim. If you are new to planes you’ll be better off with an older plane that is in decent user shape to begin with.

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