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Forum topic by WoodNSawdust posted 01-24-2016 02:59 PM 856 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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WoodNSawdust

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01-24-2016 02:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand tool plane jointer plane question

I am mainly a power tool woodworker who is getting interested in hand tools (saws, hand planes, etc.). I have had several discussions with friends and salesmen who suggest that I look towards a long jointer plane. Last year I played with a Lee Valley jointer plane. I recently found a used Stanley 7c type 13 plane for $85+shipping. I am wondering how this plane compares to the Lee Valley one? I like the lower price of the used Stanley

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith


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Bill White

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#1 posted 01-24-2016 04:00 PM

Go Stanley. I’m all for restoring great old planes, and you’ll be bucks ahead. There’s just something about using a tool that ya brought back to life.
Bill

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 01-24-2016 05:42 PM

There’s a big difference between the 2 planes you are considering. The LV plane is a bevel up plane, the Stanley is bevel down. The iron that comes with the LV plane is probably a 25º bevel, and would be very good at cutting end grain. You can get additional irons with other bevel angles (or re grind the one you have) for different wood conditions. A steeper angle will cut highly figured grain much better. The Stanley will cut at 45º no matter how you sharpen the bevel, which is actually a very compromise for various woods. In looking at the LV bevel down planes, it looks like the largest one they have is a #6, but the Veritas planes are very well made and have some nice features. I think I’d start with a Stanley before I spent that much on a Veritas, just to get a feel for using them and determine your level of interest. But get one that’s already been “fettled”, or rehabbed. It should be ready to go out of the package only needing the iron sharpened.

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WoodNSawdust

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#3 posted 01-24-2016 06:03 PM

Bill & fred thanks for the replies.

The Stanley is advertised as:
◾Completely tuned and sharpened.
◾It is sharpened without a camber.
◾Refinished rosewood knob and tote. Tote has been repaired (new horn)
◾The base has been Stripped, sandblasted and refinished.
◾it does have a fog adjustment screw.
◾Some pitting

Is there anything that would make anyone hesitant to purchase this plane?

Anyone have any experience dealing with “Time Tested Tools”?

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 01-24-2016 06:21 PM

That’s LJ Don W, he is Yoda when it comes to refurbs! 100% a risk-free proposition.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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TheFridge

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#5 posted 01-24-2016 06:22 PM

I wouldn’t hesitate. Don W is one of the Yodas of handplanes

Edit: dammit smitty

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#6 posted 01-24-2016 06:23 PM

3rd’ed without hesitation.

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TheFridge

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#7 posted 01-24-2016 06:27 PM

The veritas has awesome features and I wouldn’t hesitate to step up to the LN either. But as far as value? You can’t beat that 7C sweetheart.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Fred Hargis

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#8 posted 01-24-2016 06:52 PM

Sounds like plenty of testimony for the seller….did you buy it yet?

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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bandit571

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#9 posted 01-24-2016 07:08 PM

As another Yoda was known to say: “No, there is another…..”

No.6 and No.7

No.7c, Type 8/9…...new handles..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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WoodNSawdust

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#10 posted 01-24-2016 09:17 PM



Sounds like plenty of testimony for the seller….did you buy it yet?

- Fred Hargis


In process. I e-mailed him a question regarding shipping. Once answered I will be buying it.

Thanks everyone for your replies. Your replies is what makes LumberJocks such a great forum!

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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hotbyte

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#11 posted 01-25-2016 02:41 PM

Funny…I was eyeing that plan on Time Tested Tools last week. But, right now I have other “shop priorities” I need to spend money on. I’m hoping when I’m ready for a #7 he’ll have another good priced one.

As you’ve seen, several folks here recommend his planes.

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WoodNSawdust

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#12 posted 01-26-2016 12:39 AM

Hip hip hoorayI bought the Stanley 7c plane. Now the post purchase doubts occur “Did I really need this? Did I really get a good deal? Did I …” Oh well that is just me.

Thanks everyone for the replies.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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waho6o9

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#13 posted 01-26-2016 12:57 AM

You won’t have buyers remorse with Dons’ products WoodNSawdust and

congrats on your purchase!

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WoodNSawdust

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#14 posted 01-26-2016 01:01 AM

Thanks waho6o9, Everything I hear says that Don is a good person.

Well it was not the $3000 Grizzly planer I have been salivating over.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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Tim

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#15 posted 01-26-2016 01:01 AM



Hip hip hoorayI bought the Stanley 7c plane. Now the post purchase doubts occur “Did I really need this? Did I really get a good deal? Did I …” Oh well that is just me.

Thanks everyone for the replies.

- WoodNSawdust

Very fair deal considering it’s tuned up. #7’s that aren’t cleaned or tuned go for around that much regularly, and having someone that knows what they are doing tune it up is worth a lot. If he charged as a service a fair price for cleaning and tuning would easily be $50-100. It would take you anywhere from several hours to months to learn to tune up a plane found in the wild and probably years to do it as well as Don.

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