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Forum topic by Nighttripper posted 07-05-2012 12:57 PM 1121 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-05-2012 12:57 PM

Hello All,

I’m pretty new to woodworking and want to add a Bench and Block plane to my shop, and also a bandsaw.

I don’t have the foggiest clue as to what to look for with the planes ? Any advice ? I am using Jim Stack’s book “One Box at a Time” to build my skills, so the work I will be doing is small boxes.

Also, any advice on Band Saw sizes etc. As always, there are a lot of craftsmans on craigslist for pretty good prices.

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#1 posted 07-05-2012 02:04 PM

Look at the new Grizzly 0555LX bandsaw. Big bang for the bucks. I sure like mine.
Find a good old Stanley #3 or #4 smooth plane and an older Stanley block plane. Sharpen ‘em up after cleaning. You’ll learn somethin’ and will have a couple good user planes. They are not expensive if ya shop around.


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#2 posted 07-05-2012 02:45 PM

Try trajan saws at Trajan’s my brand of band saw. I have one in my shop. Their band saws work great and are of reasonable price.

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#3 posted 07-05-2012 02:50 PM

Both Rikon and Grizzly have great reviews for their band saws. I second the Idea of used Stanley planes. I assume your making your own bench.

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#4 posted 07-05-2012 04:09 PM

You’ve heard about Grizzly bandsaws (a good choice). For a Rikon alternative, consider the Model 10-325, which will probably go on sale again at Woodcraft before the year is up ($150 – $200 off).

Old Stanley’s are wonderful, and fun to clean and tune – which will give you good familiarity with the tool. If you have tons o’ money, you could consider Lie-Nielsen. I have a Lie-Nielsen No. 4 that is a jewel, and a Lie-Nielsen Low Angle Adjustable Mouth Block that I use every single day. Check out those prices and you’ll see why we usually recommend old Stanley’s.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#5 posted 07-05-2012 05:45 PM

Thanks Guys!

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#6 posted 07-05-2012 05:48 PM

go for the pre war stanley baileys on the bench and block planes. Restore one to original condition adn you will for sure know what every little part and piece do. I find thats the best way for me to learn new tools.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#7 posted 07-05-2012 06:35 PM

Dan (who is a very accomplished hand plane restorer) just put up a #3 for sale. It is very reasonably priced.

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#8 posted 07-05-2012 06:39 PM

I have a Grizzly 14” with extention. Here’s the deal on these if you get one. When you order a a bandsaw, ask for the size of the blade with the configuration that you will have – as an example, with the extension, I use 105” blade (came with a 95” blade). Then order a couple of the Wood Slicer blades with the correct length from Highland woodworking in Atlanta, GA. Now my saw, I have the hieght to resaw 12” but the motor isn’t strong enough, I have the 0555 model.

As far as hand planes go, if you know what you want to make, more or less, go to “handplanes of your dreams” and ask the question there. You will get a whole lot of ideas and suggestions. Oh, BTW, hand planes are addictive – be very careful what you ask. My wife thinks that the first one comes into the house pregnant and before too long, you have dozens, same thing with hand saws and routers.

You may want to get a book on line like the Disston saw manual and learn how to sharpen your own handsaws, this is an invaluable thing to know – same with sharpening planes.

To practice on how to sharpen planes, go to HD or Lowes, buy a $5 or 10.00 block plane, take it home and sharpen it – as sharp as it is out of the box, it really is very dull.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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