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Forum topic by Texchappy posted 05-03-2012 05:04 PM 693 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Texchappy

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05-03-2012 05:04 PM

Is this a good bet for a first plane? Any questions I should ask the seller?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Japanese-plane-58mm-kanna-/360284176789?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item53e29c4195#ht_8281wt_906

-- Wood is not velveeta


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Loren

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#1 posted 05-03-2012 06:29 PM

Should be fine. You’ll have to fit the blade to the plane
body. They are made in the Japanese climate and I
expect in Texas the body will shrink and the iron will
get stuck. So the first thing you do it get the iron
out and finish the body with tung oil to help control
wood movement and cracking in the end grain. Then
go to work on insides where the iron and chipbreaker
are held in by friction. It’s not especially hard to do -
a 1/8” wide chisel and a little file will help get it right.

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David Kirtley

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#2 posted 05-03-2012 06:53 PM

It looks reasonable. I don’t think it will take that much preparation. The mass market planes like this will be more ready to go out of the box than the high end planes. Most times on the high end planes you get the iron from one maker and the dai from another.

I would suggest taking a look for used ones though. Many times people get these expecting some magic revelation and then toss them in the back of the cabinet. Can get some really sweet bargains at times.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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Texchappy

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#3 posted 05-03-2012 08:05 PM

I did put a bid down on this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/110872752078?_trksid=p5197.c0.m619#ht_500wt_1140. I also noticed that Lee Valley sells an Americanized one here (http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=41221&cat=1,41182,41187&ap=1). Not sure either is any better than the one I linked. Anybody have experience with the Lee Valley one?

-- Wood is not velveeta

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Bill White

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#4 posted 05-03-2012 09:22 PM

Just get ready to cut on the “pull”. I don’t have any such planes, but gettin’ my mind around the pull vs: push makes my head hurt.
Let us know.
Bill

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Don W

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#5 posted 05-03-2012 09:26 PM

I’ve never wanted to say that out loud Bill, but I agree. You never force a sharp blade toward your body. It gives me the shakes. Think knife sticking in chest.

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#6 posted 05-03-2012 09:31 PM

Don, do you push a draw knife as well? ;-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Don W

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#7 posted 05-03-2012 10:16 PM

Brandon, you may have stumbled on the reason I don’t use a draw knife much. I’ll see a task and think of a draw knife and find some other way.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#8 posted 05-03-2012 10:38 PM

tex,

don’t did till the last few seconds. Otherwise you will drive up the price.

James

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Texchappy

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#9 posted 05-03-2012 10:59 PM

Yeah, done ebay before. I put in a low bid just in case I got it for that. If I decide I really want it I’ll raise in the last few seconds to do it. I’m still not decided what direction I want to go with getting tools. For the projects I want to do, the way I had planned to do them, a plow plane has been to tool I wish I’d have the most.

-- Wood is not velveeta

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