|Forum topic by GregTP||posted 12-23-2015 01:08 PM||1740 views||0 times favorited||30 replies|
12-23-2015 01:08 PM
My father in law surprised me with an incredible Christmas gift perfect for the antique tool junkie. He spent most of the year looking at flea markets, yard sales, and auctions for various antique tools; particularly saws and hand planes. In total he found thirteen hand planes, three Disston saws, and a cool old draw knife.
A few of the planes are rather common, and most of them are in need of pretty extensive restoration, however, there are some really cool ones. The jewel of the bunch (for me at least since I badly needed one) is a Stanley No. 4 that is in really good shape. I flattened the sole last night (I started two minutes after they walked out the door), which took quite a bit of work but I got 90% of the surface co-planar with a thin strip down the middle of the heel of the plane that I finally gave up on. Then I looked at the iron and chip breaker. The iron looks like it will be too much work to save so I will just get a new one.
Thats where my question comes in: looking on Amazon I found a bunch of options. Stanley makes a replacement for $14 that had a four star rating but the reviews were all over the map. Some said it came flat and took a nice edge, others showed pictures of an iron straight out of the box that was warped by an 1/8th of an inch on the back. Pinnacle makes replacements that cost $40-50, also with good reviews. Then of course there is Lie Nielson and Hock, both of which I would chose in an instant if all things were equal but the $60-70 price tag for the iron and chip breaker give me pause. Has anyone tried any/all of these options and would you mind sharing your experience? I dont mind spending the money since this will likely be my primary finishing plane until someday I can step up to a Lie Nielson, but if I can get an iron that will do well enough for cheaper I would.
Also in the boxes was a Stanley No. 190 rabbet plane (missing the depth stop gauge), and Stanley 220 block plane that was in fantastic shape, and a beautiful Stanley bailey jack plane with a steel frog and wooden body. A Henry Disston & Sons No. 4 miter saw (30”) that must weight ten pounds, and a Hudson jack plane that I haven’t done any research on yet. All-in-all it was an incredible gift, I will definitely have to step it up for him next year!
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