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Forum topic by bigike posted 03-18-2010 04:59 AM 3192 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2010 04:59 AM

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I just have a little somthing to get off my chest. Well i bougt a few record planes and I love em they cut sooooooooooo good! I think there better than stanley well the regulars anyway i don’t know about the bedrock stanleys. I bought a #5 and a #4-1/2 and they both take very thin shaveings and feel more sturdy in my hand too. The metal eels thicker.

Well if our gonna get secondhand used planes try to get Record, well atleast consider them that’s all!
Also if your gonna sell any planes (Record) #5-1/2 please let me know? I wish i had someone in england to send me a brand new set of them from #4-#8 i would then have to many to use like i do now but just to have them new would be great. I have most of the stanleys from #4-#7 the only ones i don’t have are the #1-#3 i’m affraid they might not fit my hands plus the price on the #1-#2 are way out of my league. Feel free to post what you think of these (record) vs stanley? Pease don’t get me wrong i still won’t give up my stanleys.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#1 posted 03-18-2010 05:21 AM

I wish I could give up any feedback about Record planes but I still don’t own one, I hope soon get my hands on a couple of them and give them a try. I’m glad your opinion is positive about them, that will make it easier for me to decide about bought them or not.

At the place where I work, there’s one guy (director of Lean Department) that its from UK. He travels 3 or 4 times every year to UK to visit his family, I think I might have a couple of brand new Records withing a couple of months….

-- The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me.

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#2 posted 03-18-2010 05:47 AM

Hey Ike,
I’ve had a record #7 for 20-25 years and I like it very much. I really don’t use it all that often, the last time was to flatten to top of my workbench. Can’t say I like them more than the old stanleys. I’ve got a Stanley 4 1/2 with a corrugated sole from the 20’s (I think) that I also like very much. However, neither holds a candle to my Lie Nielsen’s. Other than the mini block plane, the plane I use most is the is the LN low angle jack plane.

-- Glen

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#3 posted 03-18-2010 05:48 AM

I’ll second that, Record planes are known to be of good quality. don’t find those too often in the states though.

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#4 posted 03-18-2010 06:02 AM

Why do you want to plane records? Shouldn’t you step up and do DVD’s? ;0)
Seriously, there are sites at the UK where they do swaps, etc. WWW is world wide … have fun and good luck.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#5 posted 03-18-2010 01:30 PM

I agree with you. I’ve owned several Stanley Baileys, several Millers Falls, several Records, and a Stanley Bedrock. The Baileys are generally very good (all brands had good and “less good” eras), but overall I find that the better Records and Millers Falls feel more substantial than the better Baileys…obviously the Bedrock too. I’m also kind of partial to the blue. #1s and #2s are very rare for nearly any brand, so will be very expensive. #3-#8 are typically pretty common. Ironically, I’ve purchased 3 Record planes from across the pond…do you check Ebay UK?

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#6 posted 03-18-2010 05:05 PM


I’ve used Record planes for the last 25 – 30 years. You’re spot on. I have always loved them. When I started buying planes for the school, my first choice has been to look in the Record direction first. If you find that hidden cache of planes, remember your Lumberjock brothers and sisters.

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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