|Forum topic by richgreer||posted 12-06-2010 12:20 AM||1374 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
12-06-2010 12:20 AM
Over the last several months I have become much more interested in hand tools and hand planes in particular. I have purchased a few used planes, including a like new L-N number 4. What a spectacular plane!!
Thanks to what I have learned from the PBS show “Rough Cut” I am not incorporating hand plane use into most the projects I work on and I really appreciate what they can do. Also, the simple act of using one of these planes is a pleasure. The L-N number 4 is the plane I reach for the most but I also use some other planes including one a built myself.
On e-bay I just bought a used Stanley Bailey Number 3C for $26 plus shipping ($13). It is in perfect, like new, condition. The description on e-bay said it was sharp and “ready to go”. I tried it out immediately after opening the box. WOW! It is a tiny bit smaller than my L-N #4 and a little bit lighter, but the feel of the plane is virtually the same. It made a perfect, clean cut on the first pass and every pass after that.
For those who have not discovered hand planes, I encourage you to give it a try. I also encourage you to look for good used planes on e-bay or elsewhere.
I have a theory on why I was able to get this Bailey 3C for such a good price. First, everyone things that Stanley’s Bedrock planes are preferable to Baileys. They are right but the difference is very small and not noticeable in actual use. Second, for a standard smoothing plane, everyone is focused on a No. 4. A number 3 is about 1/2 inch shorter and maybe 2 ounces lighter (I’m guessing at the 2 ounces). I paid $230 for the L-N (a great price considering a new one cost $350) and $26 for this Stanley Bailey 3C. Both look like new planes and both perform virtually the same.
There are some lessons in this. You can figure out what they are.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.