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Forum topic by ShipWreck posted 02-21-2012 11:05 AM 1413 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2012 11:05 AM

I never truly understood all the the time and effort you hand tool people put into these old beat up looking tools until fairly recently. Being a machinery guy, I paid little attention to the Stanley Vs. Lie Nielson Vs. Veritas debates. My recent “shopping around experience” for hand tools for the wife really opened my eyes to the cost/quality differences. I have spent alot of time lately checking out various new planes and saws. You definately get what you pay for in most cases. I ended up buying a few nice Veritas saws/planes for the wife. I am very impressed with the LN, Veritas, and Clifton workmanship. Wood River planes were a tempting alternative for the cost. I think over all….. my biggest impression came from playing with a few restored Stanley’s. These planes were older than dirt, but looked beautiful and performed like they were made yesterday. I can see what all the fuss is about now.

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#1 posted 02-21-2012 11:14 AM

And now you’re hooked ?
Welcome aboard ShipWreck !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 02-21-2012 11:46 AM

Oh, great! Just what we need, more competition in eBay….! :-)

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 02-21-2012 11:58 AM

yes so sad to see so many finding happyness in a lifestylechange and wants to work as a gentleman… LOL

welcome on the slippery slope Shipwreck there is no way back for you now :-)))

good luck with your hunt for tools to bee worked with


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Don W

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#4 posted 02-21-2012 03:33 PM

I wonder if in 100 years the debate will be whether to spend the extra on a 200 year old stanley or buy a 100 year old LN?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 02-21-2012 03:38 PM

Don W. If people still work wood, that debate will be going on 100 years from now.

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#6 posted 02-21-2012 05:07 PM

Looking forward to seeing what you two do with the toys you got. It’s worth spending the money for good tools.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Bill White

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#7 posted 02-21-2012 08:48 PM

Let me put it this way…........Ya ain’t gettin’ my old Stanleys. I put some effort in ‘em, and I get good results out of ‘em. Kinda makes me part of the WWing process. (Like my old ‘54 Ford..but I put way more into it than I got out of it.)


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#8 posted 02-21-2012 09:03 PM

You’re on your way to being hooked, brother!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 02-21-2012 10:58 PM

Stanley rules ! (for the money that is)

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