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Forum topic by Ray posted 07-15-2016 02:03 AM 621 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ray

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07-15-2016 02:03 AM

I am thinking about buying a Stanley 62 for my shooting board. I don’t use it a lot and do not what to put anymore into it then necessary. Tools Plus Outlet has them for $135 with free shipping.

Looking for comments regarding vendor and plane.

Also, does anyone know what year the latest version was released? Earlier reviews were not favorable.
Thanks

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jwmalone

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#1 posted 07-15-2016 02:13 AM

I don’t know the answer to that but I found a Stanley sb4 which according to most ppl is junk. The sole was flat the cheeks were 90 degrees perfect, now the adjustment is a total pain in the ass but when set right it cuts like a champ. So I finally got it adjusted right and its pretty darn good on the shooting board that’s all I use it for. If you find a cheap one that’s a good user but the cheeks aren’t square just adjust the lateral adjustment till it cuts90 on your board or spend hours trying to square them. What I’m saying is you can find a good shooting board plane for a lil bit of nothing if that’s all you use it for.

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#2 posted 07-15-2016 02:54 AM

Sounds like you may have lucked out. It is my impression that the sb4 is in a completely different category than the current Stanley Sweetheart planes (although the new Sweetheart planes are in a different category than LN or LV).

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TheTurtleCarpenter

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#3 posted 07-15-2016 05:44 AM

A good used Stanley #6 has a wider blade and more heft and makes a good dedicated shooting plane and can be had at a decent price. I’ve never owned a newer 62 and couldn’t give a favorable comment.

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#4 posted 07-15-2016 05:08 PM

I have a 605 1/2 but liked the idea of low angle and slightly more weight on the 62.

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#5 posted 07-16-2016 01:35 PM

I doubt the 62 weights more than a 605 1/2.

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#6 posted 07-16-2016 01:39 PM

Here is a modified #6

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Logan Windram

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#7 posted 07-16-2016 02:57 PM

Hi Ray,

I know you’re looking to spend the least amount possible, but I’d consider laying out the extra 75-100 bucks and getting a Veritas or LN. I have the LN 62 and use it all the time for shooting… I’m going to buy the shooting handle on it one day when I remind myself to do so, even though it’s not needed per say. The 62 is also a beautiful tool to use for roughing lumber, end grain, tough grain, etc… The LN62 is hefty and eases through any work, and I have multiple irons for different uses. I don’t own a lot of planes, mostly because I can do so much with the 62 and reach for a jointer when I need flattening of long surfaces.

The Veritas will be slightly less expensive, and nifty set screws to adjust the blade laterally… However, when you resharpen and adjust the camber on the blade anyway, I’d assume moving the set screws would become annoying… I can eye the blade set on my 62, ALMOST always get the cut I want first try. ALMOST!!

Long story short, that 62 at 245 is a great value, and a dream to use… Craftsmanstudio.com is where I buy my LN stuff, I haven’t purchased in quite a while, but I’m pretty sure my shipping was no charge over a few hundred bucks… Direct from LN might be the same, no idea.

Good luck and fun whatever you decide… Post some pics of your board and plane when you’re done.

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#8 posted 07-17-2016 12:57 AM

Thanks everyone.

The more that I read on this subject, I am getting the feeling that a really sharp blade may be more important than a low angle plane. I had the 605 1/2 flattened and squared by TablesawTom quite some time ago. I plan to sharpen the blade to my best ability and try it on the shooting board.

One other benefit that I see for a lower priced bevel up is that I can leave it as a dedicated shooting plane. It wouldn’t require resetting every time I wanted to use it for shooting. I have found that obtaining a blade setting that is perfectly square has not been easy for me.

I guess another option would be- keep the 605 1/2 as a dedicated shooter and pick up a vintage 5 for rougher work.

Thanks again
Ray

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