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03-03-2010 03:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: plane

I have been reading about infill planes and their outrageous prices.
What is the advantage of these plane and what justify their prices?
Thank you

-- Bert


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#1 posted 03-03-2010 04:17 AM

Quality, craftsmanship, rareity, and performance. Too spendy for my wallet at the moment. If I was better at metal work I would consider making one

They are really pretty.

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#2 posted 03-03-2010 04:24 AM

What is an infill plane?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 03-03-2010 04:27 AM

Plane with wood inset into metal

Infill Plane (holtey)

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#4 posted 03-03-2010 04:38 AM

OK, this is just funny. I just decided to build a #5 infil instead of buying a “normal” plane. It won’t happen too soon, but I’ll be sure to post pics.

David.

-- David from Indiana --

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#5 posted 03-03-2010 04:41 AM

They actually make kits. Also I know of one guy that makes them only using hand tools.

http://www.stjamesbaytoolco.com/smoothing.html

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#6 posted 03-03-2010 05:14 AM

you can get a kit from a guy on ebay stjamesbaytool co. it’s like $150 not bad i think! sorry WayneC didn’t see your post.

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#7 posted 03-03-2010 05:57 AM

what is an Infil Plane?? Just plumb beautiful. Especially one from Conrad.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 03-03-2010 06:38 AM

Those are purdy.

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#9 posted 03-03-2010 07:22 AM

I googled it, never really said, so I supposed that is what they were. Do they work any different or just for show?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 03-03-2010 08:30 AM

Ummmm shiny, umm good and purrrdy

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#11 posted 03-03-2010 01:13 PM

Ok, they are very pretty but are they just for the eyes?
And $6000.00 for one plane is a lot of money.
I do not my see my wife walking around with one of this around her neck.
I am sure she would much prefer pearls or some other gems stones.
Hey, Jim why don’t you make one?
After collecting impersonal routers you could start a collection of these then 10 years from now you could have a new entry on the forum telling us that you do not know what to do with so many of them.
Then we could pick on you again.( not that we would wait for that to pick on you, we will find something else)

-- Bert

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#12 posted 03-03-2010 01:27 PM

A couple years ago I test drove a Ron Brese #4 infill plane and it felt very good in my hands and quite honestly was the most elegant looking tool I had ever seen. I ran it over some curly maple and it cut beautifully. I asked how much it cost and the one I was holding was almost 2 grand. I gently put it back down and said maybe someday. Can you imagine if you owned one and knocked it off of your bench or dropped it?

I stick with my Lie Nielsen’s and Stanley planes for now. It could be a different story if I hit the lottery.

-- Marc

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#13 posted 03-03-2010 02:04 PM

i have also been wondering this. somewhere i think i read that the mouth on infill planes are set really narrow… but so what? couldnt you do that on a normal plane?

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#14 posted 03-03-2010 02:55 PM

” I was holding was almost 2 grand” Yesterday I saw one for $6000.00!
Who can afford and justify the purchase of such a tool? or is it a tool anymore?
May be we should call an investment more than a tool.
I mean $6000.00 can buy you a lot of equipment beside a plane.

-- Bert

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#15 posted 03-03-2010 03:15 PM

There has been a lot of discussion over the years as to whether infills are any better. In one camp you have the argument that they don’t perform any better than a LN or well tuned bedrock. In the other camp, there is a suggestion that a combination of factors make them better smoothers – very narrow mouth ( as small as .005 or less ) very thick iron and cap iron bedded on wood and steel leading to less chatter and vibration, and weight to size ratio that is conducive to planing, and slightly higher bed angle. Either way, most agree that they look great, whether new or old, and feel very substantial in your hand.

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