|Forum topic by davidroberts||posted 06-20-2012 02:01 AM||2090 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
06-20-2012 02:01 AM
I’ve developed a slight case of plane-itus having spend the better part of the past several evenings viewing page after page of old hand planes on ebay. Way to addictive. Will just look at one more then go to bed, right.
Initially I was in the market for a #60 1/2. I ended up winning a Miller Falls equivalent to the Stanley #60 1/2 this weekend. I’ve have an old knucklecap Cman equivalent to the Stanley #65 for years. I’m also looking for a #7 or #8, for shooting and general jointing work.
So on to my question. I had forgotten there were so many commercial plane makers back in the heyday. I saw a list where somewhere ranked the quality of old chisels by several maker. I was wondering if anyone knew of a similar list for plane makers? I’m to much of a neophyte plane user to have a preference, or an educated opinion for that matter. I’m sure more long time hand plane users must have a preference. Actually I read on a more popular hand plane site where the author was down on a certain Stanley plane # verses the better quality Sargent equivalent, I believe. I know to look out for cheap modern knockoffs of the Stanley/Bailey/Miller patents, but it didn’t cross my mind that someone in the 1920s may have thought the same about a Miller Falls or other brand.
Is quality related to a specific plane number or type?, i.e. Sargent makes a better this while Stanley makes a better that. Did one of the old line plane maker typically produce overall better quality, such as heavier, thicker, better casting? Is Stanley the absolute, hands down winner, every time? Or is the older Stanley, Keen Kutter, Record, Sargent, Miller Falls, etc all about the same, to each his or her own?
(Caveat – I’m talking older planes, maybe needs work kinda planes, not the gorgeous LN or Veritas or limited production infill plane makers).
Thanks for looking!
-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.