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Forum topic by Arlin Eastman posted 06-08-2011 03:51 AM 1502 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Arlin Eastman

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06-08-2011 03:51 AM

I have read the book that Greg sent me (The HandPlane Book) and it talked about how good the Stanley 62 is in using it with a shooting board. So on my other home site I advertised I wanted one. Today I reeived a PM about this individual that will sell his for $235.00. He sent me pictures of the plane however, I deleted them accidently, however, the tote and knob is original and looks brand new and the whole thing looks almost new. He did say that there are a couple of very small chips by the mouth.
Is this plane worth the

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#1 posted 06-08-2011 04:04 AM

Interestingly, Stanley is following Lie-Nielson’s, and Lee Valley’s leads
and re-producing the no. 62.

I have the L-N version. I’m not much into shooting boards and to
be honest this plane isn’t one I reach for much. It all really depends
on your style of work. I think the 62 style planes might be good
for shooting boards due to the frog and stuff not getting in the
way and the balance of the plane working better on its side.

Regarding the low-angle, I’m not, in general, persuaded that well-sharpened
low-angle planes outperform standard-pitch planes on end grain,
and they certainly don’t on long grain.

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docholladay

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#2 posted 06-08-2011 04:21 AM

For an original Number 62 with all of the original parts, it actually will probably bring something close to that price. They are popular for woodworkers and collectors alike. They are fairly rare to find because of some basic problems common to any low angle type plane that makes them susceptible to cracks in the casting around or near the mouth. The usual cause of this is the user setting the lever cap too tightly. In some cases, these cracks will not significantly affect use of the tool, but in some cases, they can be fatal for the tool. The same problem occurs with my favorite block plane the old number 65 (BTW Woodcraft is offering a copy of the old 65 in their WoodRiver series of planes that looks to be a quality tool). If it were me, and I eventually do intend to get me a good low angle bench plane, I would look very close at the Leigh Nielsen or the Veritas from Lee Valley low angle/bevel up planes. In particular, the Veritas are quite attractively priced and have been getting very nice reviews. They are a bit of a departure from the old Stanley design, but some of the new design features are what attracts me to their planes. BTW, The Handplane Book is a great resource for information about hand planes. Garrett Hack did a very good job with that one.

Doc

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Greg In Maryland

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#3 posted 06-08-2011 05:06 AM

Hi Arlin,

I would check out the Lee Valley and Lie-Nelsen planes. I have the Lie-Nelsen and I like it a lot. It is my principal shooting board plane. You can get it for slightly more than what you are being offered for the Stanley 62. I do not have that particular Lee Valley plane, but I have one of their block planes that I am very happy with.

All in all, I think you are better off with one of the above planes. They will work out of the box and have no defects at all. You won’t have to struggle with these and wonder is there something wrong with the plane or your technique. If you have difficulties with a Lie-nielsen or Lee Valley, it is your technique. I can vouch for bad technique.

I think you might want to step back and take a pause before you buy too much fancy equipment. This is the “do as I say, not as I do” moment of my speech. I have lots of things that I thought I really needed, but to find out that I really don’t reach for that much. Just a thought.

I am glad you are enjoying the book (s). As I mentioned, you might buy Garrett Hack’s other book—Hand Tools. It is not as specialized as The Handplane Book, so you get lots of info on all types of hand tools.

Cheers!

Greg

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#4 posted 06-08-2011 06:23 AM

For that price, I would advise the LN plane for $245. It is less risk of an issue with the plane for the $10 difference and the LN plane has improvements over the older Stanley version. The veritas plane would even be a bit less ($219) though I believe the link above is to the smoother and not to the comparable Veritas low angle jack. I also would be concerned about the chips on the mouth if they are on the leading edge of the mouth. Also, I would consider and old 5 1/2 in the shooting board. It would be a much less expensive option. Also as a box maker, you might be able to get away with a good block plane on your shooting board.

BTW, I just bought a 62 on ebay over the weekend. You need to be vary careful about condition. I also have the LN version of the plane. Oh and Stanley is making a new version of the 62 that is even less than LN and Veritas ($180).

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Arlin Eastman

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#5 posted 06-09-2011 12:53 AM

Thank you for all the great info.
The biggest thing even if I do not use it but collect it, is it worth $235 and is it really a collectors item?
I do think I will take the advise of buying the Veritas low angle jack to do the work for the shooting boards.
All of you are a wonderful help
Arlin

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WayneC

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#6 posted 06-09-2011 02:07 AM

It is a collectors item. Hard to say on the $235 without seeing the plane or photos. They can sell for even more if they are in good condition and complete.

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Greg In Maryland

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#7 posted 06-09-2011 03:59 AM

Arlin,

Lie-Nielsen has a plan for a shooting board here that I like. It is free and available for downloading via this link.

Greg

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#8 posted 06-09-2011 04:50 AM

Arlin, as a box maker have you considered a grooving plane such as a Record 43 or VeritasĀ® Small Plow Plane

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#9 posted 06-09-2011 05:36 AM

I have seen the Stanley 62 sell on ebay for less then 200 at least a couple of times. I wont say its not worth 235 but if it was me I would hold off on that offer and keep looking.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#10 posted 06-09-2011 05:41 AM

I paid $165 for one on ebay on Saturday… I was missing a part (adjustment lever), has a cracked front knob and needs a new blade.

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