|Forum topic by rance||posted 09-21-2011 05:59 PM||3594 views||0 times favorited||54 replies|
09-21-2011 05:59 PM
I know my tag line currently says ”...and never buy a hand plane”, but I’m entertaining the thought (again). Shame on me. :)
I’m particularly a power tool guy. I do use hand tools when I see the need for them, its just not that often. I even took up the task of teaching hand-cut dovetails to make myself learn the techniques. It worked. Not that I’m any better than anyone else yet, but at least I’ve foiled the myth that it is beyond a power-tool guys skill level. I even enjoy cutting them.
My interest in this purchase came about in watching an interview with Rob Cosman at the 2011 Woodcraft Trade Show. Aparently Rob is on the bandwagon of pushing WoodRiver planes since he no longer represents Lie Nielsen. His sales pitch worked.
I typically use a ROS for surface finishing on a project(mostly small boxes and other rectangular things), and for chamfering edges(both long grain and cross grain). About 5 months ago I added some edge molding on a piece and was handed a low angle block plane to smooth it with the surface. I ended up buying that plane.
The majority of my handplane usage is with roughing. Taking down corners of a twisted board so it will lie flat before running it through a jointer or planer(the electric ones). I havn’t really used hand-planes for finish work other than maybe chamfering edges.
If you’ve gotten this far without clicking away, thank you. All this to give you an idea of my background and what I expect from this purchase. I’m looking for something that I can:
I suppose my Low Angle block plane would really be the better weapon for the chamfering(#2).
I’m looking at the WoodRiver #6 Bench Hand Plane, V3(WC Item #150876).
I am confident this will be my only plane purchase in the next 10 years. I could care less about the Bubinga handle. I don’t even know what blade angle it has. Is this #6 the right one for me? Do tell. Unless you give me good reason not to, I expect to purchase it on Thursday(in 2 days). Thank you in advance for any and all input.
FWIW, SWMBO has approved this as an early Christmas present.
-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--