|Forum topic by richgreer||posted 10-13-2010 04:24 PM||1196 views||0 times favorited||13 replies|
10-13-2010 04:24 PM
For some time I have been very curious about hand planes. I’ve read a book and many articles about them and I have purchased 3 cheaper used planes, primarily for the purpose of learning.
I check e-bay regularly and it is my observation that the really good plans (Lie-Nielsen et al) consistently sell used on e-bay for almost what they cost new.
Then, last night, while watching baseball with my I-pad in my lap, I see a new (still in the box) Lie-Nielsen No. 4 smoothing plan on “Buy-it-Now” for $230 (+ $10 shipping). A quick jump to the Lie-Nielsen website tells me that, new, this plane would cost $350. I check and the e-bay listing had only been up for about 15 minutes. Surely, someone else is going to see this and grab it. After a couple of minutes of agony, I clicked “Buy-it-Now”.
When it arrives my hand plane collection will consist of 3 cheaper used Stanleys (Block, Jack & Smoothing) plus a new LN No. 4 smoothing plane. Soon I will be able to do a head-to-head comparison of a $20 used Stanley and a $350 new LN.
This was not a prudent, well-thought out decision but sometimes you see the opportunity and you just have to grab it. Besides, I can always re-sell it.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.