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Forum topic by hamburglar posted 11-24-2012 03:41 PM 1699 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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hamburglar

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11-24-2012 03:41 PM

So there I was like a kid in a candy store due to my local hardware store having 25% off storewide Black Friday sale. I looked around at all of the tools and found this Stanley 12-960 low angle block plane and figured what the heck, why not?

So I get it home and am all excited to try it out. Grab a couple of pieces of poplar and a hand saw and start testing. I spend a little bit trying to adjust the blade depth and finally get it (or think I did at least..) I did a few cuts with the hand saw and then cleaned up the end grain with this plane.

I am satisfied with the results and can’t wait to score a piece of granite Monday so I can start truing it up. Well I stick it in the sheath it came with and go inside. I set it on the counter and my son is asking how it went. I told him it was great and pull the plane out of the sheath to illustrate my point. Right about then the throat plate goes clattering across my counter… What a piece of junk…

Pics of the carnage: Pic 1 / Pic 2

So..

What would be a good block plane for me to start out with?


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 11-24-2012 03:47 PM

Take it back! It really is a piece of junk.
Why not start out with a good one? Like a Veritas.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#2 posted 11-24-2012 04:02 PM

I’d suggest vintage Stanley from a dealer or on-line seller. They aren’t expensive, and are from a time when Stanley understood the importance of quality. There’s also LJ Don W. who rehabs, restores and sells. If not vintage, there’s tremendous quality in Veritas and Lie-Nielsen tools as well.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Kreegan

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#3 posted 11-24-2012 04:31 PM

I have that plane. Its a piece of crap. Such a piece of crap that it inspired me to buy a low angle adjustable mouth block plane from Lie-Nielsen, their 62 1/2. The difference between the two is incredible, the difference between a Pinto and a Ferrari.

Rich;)

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bondogaposis

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#4 posted 11-24-2012 04:40 PM

The new Stanley’s are junk. The throat plate is stamped sheet metal. I bought one once and returned it too. Get and old one and you will be a lot happier.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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hamburglar

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#5 posted 11-24-2012 05:38 PM

Thanks for the replies so far.

@Gene – I will start with a good one now! My thinking was that it would be nice to have a inexpensive plane to get started on. That way I could learn how to tune it without too much fear of screwing it up. I think I will be going with the Veritas after taking a look at it.

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NiteWalker

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#6 posted 11-24-2012 06:58 PM

You can find an inexpensive vintage block refurbed by one of the guys here.

I went with the veritas LABP too. It’s a beauty.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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shampeon

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#7 posted 11-24-2012 08:38 PM

If you want one that’s relatively inexpensive and works great out of the box, get a refurbed one from some of the members here. If you’re like me and love projects and spending your valuable time inefficiently, there are a ton of great vintage adjustable-throat block planes on eBay for cheap that may or may not need refurbishing.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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waho6o9

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#8 posted 11-24-2012 09:29 PM

Veritas rocks.

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RussellAP

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#9 posted 11-24-2012 09:52 PM

First choice new is Veritas, second pre WWII Stanley Bailey. Heck any good quality plane will work as long as you get a decent iron in it, and it don’t break. I don’t even know what that thing is that broke off, or why they built it that way.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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bandit571

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#10 posted 11-24-2012 10:01 PM

I’m planning on thinning my herd of block planes next week, all have been restored, too

this is about half of them…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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RussellAP

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#11 posted 11-24-2012 10:02 PM

I got a really nice Stanley Bailey number 5 from this gentleman. http://lumberjocks.com/donwilwol I’m sure he has one or two more lying around that he’d sell you. That is, if you don’t mind it not being as pretty as a Veritas which I think are a little over the top. I’d probably never use a veritas because I wouldn’t want to get it dirty, lol.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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RussellAP

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#12 posted 11-24-2012 10:03 PM

Bandit, is that second from the left a 110 low angle by any chance?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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bandit571

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#13 posted 11-24-2012 10:10 PM

Second from left is a Stanley #9-1/2. Sitting between a Craftsman/Stanley #220, and a Sargent #130 clone. Silver cap has already been sold. Red & Blue is a Handyman in a #110 size, and a Shelton Steel block plane. Just refurbbed a Stanley #220 ( a blue bodied one) I picked up for $7. Right now, I have about ten in the herd, wanting to get down to maybe three or four….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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RussellAP

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#14 posted 11-24-2012 10:14 PM

Wish I could help you out bandit, but I’ve got a great working set of Stanleys from 4 to 8 and a 110. I’m getting into those little brass planes. They are great for a touch up here and there, more reliable than a chisel if they can get where you need it.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Don W

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#15 posted 11-25-2012 01:04 AM

The 9 1/2 and the 130 clone would be my choice. Both are good users, not that the rest are not.

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

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