Which old Stanley block planes make good users?

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Forum topic by Brett posted 09-09-2011 09:38 PM 2282 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-09-2011 09:38 PM

Which old Stanley block planes make good users?

A lot of the block planes at the “Blood & Gore” site are said to be crap, but several models (like the 60 1/2) are recommended. Which other models make good users?

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#1 posted 09-09-2011 09:44 PM

I like my 9 1/2, 60 1/2 and 110. I’d like to get a #18. I have a 9 1/2 with an #18 knuckle (i thought it was an #18 when I bought it) which is probably my favorite.

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#2 posted 09-09-2011 09:50 PM

I’ve got a 9-1/2 and a 60-1/2 made by Record, that are just about identical to the Stanley versions, and are good users. I’ve also got an old Stanley 220 that works fine too….that one was my grandfather’s so I’m a little biased about it. ;-)

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#3 posted 09-09-2011 10:01 PM

I like the ones with an adjustable mouth. So every thing on Don’s list except for the #110 would be on my list. In addition, for a low angle plane the #65 knuckle block is the boss….

If I was looking at a non-adustable mouth plane, I would opt for a lie-nielson or Veritas version.

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#4 posted 09-09-2011 10:41 PM

I like the knuckle-joint planes. They feel great in the hand.
The ones I own are ground cast iron. It’s the stamped-steel
“schoolboy” planes that were cranked out in the millions you
should avoid (though inevitably you’ll pick them up in boxed lots
here and there and I’d buy one for a buck just for the iron).

The 60 1/2 and 9 1/2 are the classics and probably the best
overall designs, but the knuckle-joint planes have a higher
profile and fit in the palm more nicely.

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