|Forum topic by llwynog||posted 05-05-2011 04:29 PM||9226 views||0 times favorited||49 replies|
05-05-2011 04:29 PM
I was shown Christopher Schwarz’s Coarse Medium Fine DVD recently and that really rekindled my interest in hand planes. (I will need to buy this DVD for myself)
But when it comes to jointer planes I am a little bit at a loss since Woodriver does not manufacture any.
Here are the results of my research work so far, would anyone care to comment or give me advices ?
Regular #7 jointer by Lie Nielsen looks fantastic and is obviously a very fine tool but is way out of my budget ($400+)
Clifton #7 jointer is pretty much the same price as the Lie Nielsen from what I can judge and yet, from the outside, does not look as much of a value good a value (brittle cast iron etc..).
Lee Valley/Veritas Bevel up jointer has great reviews. It is still almost as expensive as Woodriver smoothing, jack and block planes all put together, but much cheaper than the 2 above. I was almost ready to buy it, until I noticed that the sides were not machined (they have some black coating and only the spot for the fence is machined). In his video, Christopher Schwarz constantly checks his boards for flatness by using the edge of his jointer plane as a straight edge. This may be obvious but then it is impossible to do so with LV bevel up jointer. To me it stopped me dead cold and I did not make the purchase. It seems that this is a major feature of the jointer plane that got overlooked. Any owner beg to differ ?
Lie Nielsen low angle jointer. It is still more than the magic $300 I had set me but this looks like a nice plane. I am not sure if the throat is adjustable though. From the website it looks like it does but I read some reviews that said it did not. Anyone knows the truth ? Since LV bevel up jointer was looking more and more unsuited to my needs I was starting to resign myself to paying such a premium, knowing that I would still get an excellent tool in return. Then I found a post on this forum (sorry, forgot to bookmark the post) which says that it was NOT possible to sharpen and use a bevel up blade with a camber such as is discussed in Christopher’s DVD. Can anyone confirm/infirm this ? If this is the case, that rules out both bevel up planes altogether.
Lastly, if bevel up planes cannot be used with a cambered blade, the last possibility that I examined was to look for vintage Stanley #7 planes, the blade of which I may consider replacing with a thicker, modern one. I have found a few auctions on Ebay back here in Europe (much less choice than in the USA…) but do you think that this is a safe way to get a good tool for a beginner who knows to sharpen but who is not accustomed to using, and thus to tuning, a second hand plane ?
Thank you all for reading this far. I would appreciate any comments on my findings and conclusion. Don’t hesitate to tell me if I am wrong and if you see some other way to get a good yet affordable jointer plane, your ideas are gladly welcome.
-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather