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Forum topic by Nebulocity posted 02-15-2018 02:10 PM 852 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Nebulocity

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02-15-2018 02:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question jointer plane rabbet plane jointer rabbet budget cheap infinity tools

I’m new to the craft and have the Miller Falls equivalent of a Stanley #4. I’m having a hard time jointing boards with such a small plane, and wanted to pick up a used jointer plane, but I’m on a tight budget. I also need a rabbet plane for an upcoming project, and someone on Facebook recommended the Infinity Tools brand of hand planes.

Giving them a bit of a glance, they seem like cheap versions of the ECE brand. I could follow guides online to build my own rabbet plane, but getting the maple/beech for it, and a chisel for the blade, but it would cost more than the $30 or so it would cost to get the IT brand. However, whether it’s good enough than something even a beginner like myself could make is the question.

I went looking for reviews, but their product reviews for these specific planes don’t seem to exist: it’s just “general” reviews for other tools. They have a 100% guarantee, but so does Harbor Freight, and anyone who’s fell for their “Windsor #33” when they started out (I bow my head in shame) knows that it’s not worth the gasoline spent to go pick it up, except for barely being used as a scrub plane.

Anyone recommend this brand, or able to offer up another that doesn’t break the bank?

Jointer

Rabbet

Thanks!


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jonah

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#1 posted 02-15-2018 02:52 PM

I’ve not used either plane, but I’ve gotten a few things (jointer knives, a saw blade, etc) from Infinity over the years and all were excellent.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 02-15-2018 03:07 PM

That product line wouldn’t be complete enough for me to invest in. Specifically, jumping between cast iron smoother and jointer, then wood rabbet. What’s your jack plane solution? No, the #33 won’t do. ;-)

I’ve committed to cast iron, specifically to vintage Stanley. That was not intentional at the beginning, but I’m glad now because there’s a complete line of tools still available out there for outfitting a hobbyist’s hand tool shop (gauges, chisels, joinery planes, bench planes, routers, scrapers, etc etc).

Don’t know if this answer helps, but it’s opinion worth what you paid for it. lawl

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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knotscott

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#3 posted 02-15-2018 03:15 PM

Like jonah, I have not tried their planes and wasn’t even aware that they offered them until now, but every other cutter I’ve used from Infinity has exceeded expectations, and usually eclipsed the performance of their top competitors. Infinity is one of the best suppliers IMHO.

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Nebulocity

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#4 posted 02-15-2018 05:04 PM


That product line wouldn t be complete enough for me to invest in. Specifically, jumping between cast iron smoother and jointer, then wood rabbet. What s your jack plane solution? No, the #33 won t do. ;-)

True, the #33 is used as a scrub plane when starting in on rough stock, the #4 has two blades (one cambered more than the other) that I use for flattening and smoothing. I wasn’t sure what a jack plane could do that the smoother isn’t already doing, but certainly the smoother can’t do the job of a jointer or a rabbet, lol. I’ll have a bigger plane collection in the future, but this is a sub-$200 investment for two specialized planes, but I’m not sure on how well those planes perform. I’ve found nothing at local antique shops, and most eBay sales go for higher prices on the well-known brands (I don’t know enough about the less popular brands to know whether I’m buying someone’s trash that will be my trash, or whether it’ll be my treasure). I don’t mind having a set of planes that don’t match…I’d rather be able to do the job properly, haha!

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Nebulocity

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#5 posted 02-15-2018 05:07 PM



Like jonah, I have not tried their planes and wasn t even aware that they offered them until now, but every other cutter I ve used from Infinity has exceeded expectations, and usually eclipsed the performance of their top competitors. Infinity is one of the best suppliers IMHO.

- knotscott

Yea, that seems to be the running theme with people I’ve asked. That, and they only offer certain models as singles…you can’t get ‘em all unless you buy the set, but without knowing how well they work…I mean, I suppose (since it’s wood), it’s really just down to using my smoothing plane to joint the bottom and sides of the wood jointer, and then hone the blade to get everything square and in working order, but I’m worried about how long they’ll stay that way.

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Loren

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#6 posted 02-15-2018 05:24 PM

I’ve never owned that style of plane. I’ve
had/have some wooden planes though.
They are a little fussy to adjust but you’ll
get used to it.

I think the ECE planes are bedded at 50
degrees, a traditional German thing.

Some years back a guy named Steve Knight
was making wood planes and people really
liked them. I bought one of the early ones
off ebay before they became a thing. I think
he quit because the work was so repetitive.

Anyway, I would go for it personally.

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