|Forum topic by Beeguy||posted 11-14-2010 05:31 PM||851 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
11-14-2010 05:31 PM
It seems like a few recent posts/comments have stirred some conversation and also peaked my interest. I have to admit, although I would like to, I don’t use planes very much. Mostly because I don’t want to spend all the money on a high end one or don’t have the time to tune up a flea market buy. I have a Stanley block plane that I use most often and rely on other methods for everything esle. I also did not want to invest a small fortune in waterstones or other sharpening equipment that I was lead to believe is necessary to keep this tools working.
A few months ago I picked up a Stanley #7 at a flea market for around $50. This difference with this one was the gentleman selling it was retired and did this as a hobby. He had taken the time to clean it up and sharpen it. I was able to use it immediately. Problem is I did not get his name and this was a once in awhile market so I doubt I will find him again. I did find I really enjoyed using this plane and it seem like good exercise too. But I also have a 12” planner that does 80% of the same work in 20% of the time. I want to try an get away from sanding and start using a plane or card scraper but I have to balance everything including time and cost.
Anyway I have decided this is a worthwhile effort so after a few failures, I finally purchased one on eBay, a Stanley #4. I have not seen it yet but I am going to assume I will want to replace the blade.
My question is, do I have to also buy a new chipbraker to use the upgrade blade. I have seen the Rob Cosman IBC demo and he explains why you need both for his system but I was just hoping to start with a new blade (not necessarily his) and go from there. If this works out I have a few others that I have picked up over the years but never got around to doing anything with them.
One last comment about me. I try and maintain all my tools but I begrudge some of time I spend doing this. Some guys spend hours fine tuning their saws or setting up their tools and really enjoy it. Honestly, that is painful for me. I enjoy driving my truck but I hate changing the oil. My free time is important to me and I would rather spend it doing something I enjoy. It took me 50 years to learn that free time is not free and it should be spent wisely because once you spend it you don’t get it back.
-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."