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Forum topic by RandyinFlorida posted 12-20-2016 08:01 PM 2686 views 0 times favorited 148 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RandyinFlorida

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12-20-2016 08:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planes block plane low angle standard angle

Hello Fellow Jocks,

I have an itch to spend some money. A block plane specifically. Read a bunch of reviews here but nothing I’ve read has swayed me one way or the other.

1. Do I want a low angle or Standard? I know a low angle is better for end grain. But, will the low angle function OK for other things? Would I be better off with the standard angle for end grain? Most of the review titles I saw were for low-angle planes. Which tells me a lot of people thought the LA was what they needed.

2. Brands? LN, Stanley, Wood River… any Thoughts? Decision, Decisions.

I see lots of Jack, Smoothing, and Jointer planes at flea markets and Craig’s List but I’m not seeing BP’s. So I think I’ll go new.

Discuss

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 12-20-2016 08:12 PM

I like low angle block planes for just about everything. My favorite is LN Rabbet Block Plane, cause it doubles as a shoulder plane.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 12-20-2016 08:30 PM

I have the LV Veritas LA block plane, which is great. I have a older stanley and a groz, and neither work as well, or feel as good in the hand as the LV.

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JADobson

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#3 posted 12-20-2016 10:26 PM

+1 for the LA block from veritas. Great plane. The rabbet block from LN would be nice too.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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bandit571

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#4 posted 12-20-2016 11:33 PM

Main ones I USE all the time….Millers Falls No.56B Low Angle Block, and a Stanley 60-1/2 Low Angle Block….but, then again….I have 10 block planes in the shop. Millers falls and Stanley made very good block planes. And, IF one tunes them up right, will keep up with the fancy-schmanzy new made ones,,,,,

A block plane is just that..a block plane. Learn to sharpen the irons, and then put them to use.

Use mine all the time…

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

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Rich

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#5 posted 12-20-2016 11:54 PM

I second the LN low angle rabbet block plane. Two tools in one.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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corelz125

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#6 posted 12-21-2016 01:21 AM

Nice group of planes you have back there in the pic bandit. There’s a bunch of block planes on ebay for dirt cheap. You might be able to get a standard and low angle for a good price.

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Don W

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#7 posted 12-21-2016 01:35 AM

If i could only keep 2 block planes, they would probably be a Stanley #60 1/2 and a Sargent 206.

If I had to go new, I’d go with an LN or veritas Rabbet. All thinks equal, it would be LN, but I bought veritas seconds due to price.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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corelz125

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#8 posted 12-21-2016 01:38 AM

Don have you used any of the new sweetheart planes?

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Don W

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#9 posted 12-21-2016 01:59 AM



Don have you used any of the new sweetheart planes?

- corelz125

I have not.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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clin

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#10 posted 12-21-2016 02:01 AM

I have the new Stanley sweetheart 60 1/2, low angle block plane and find it very useful. I’m very new to planes, but I’ve found it to be handy, seems well made, and reasonably priced.

-- Clin

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TheFridge

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#11 posted 12-21-2016 02:25 AM

I had a love hate relationship with my Stanley 60-1/2. I now have a love love relationship with LN 60-1/2. I’m not a fan of low angles on anything but endgrain though.

If new, you can’t go wrong with a LN or veritas.

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

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corelz125

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#12 posted 12-21-2016 02:39 AM

Comparing the LN to the stanley is kind of like comparing a mercedes s550 to a toyota camry

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bandit571

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#13 posted 12-21-2016 03:03 AM

Yep, and cost about the same…..easy to do with other people’s money.

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

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bandit571

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#14 posted 12-21-2016 03:26 AM

Meh…mine needs a touch up on the strop..

Millers falls 56B…

Stanley No. 60-1/2…..

Stanley no. 9-1/2…....

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

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TheFridge

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#15 posted 12-21-2016 03:32 AM

Why the hell is it our fault you can’t afford it? Sick and tired of hearing it dude. He asked an opinion naming those brands specifically and got it.

Jesus H Christ just let it go

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

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