|Forum topic by Kimchi4u||posted 12-27-2012 04:23 AM||1470 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
12-27-2012 04:23 AM
I know this question has probably been asked time and time again on other threads in this forum, but I thought I’d be a little more specific in my choices and circumstances. So here goes beating the dead horse:
I own one plane. It’s an inexpensive block plane I bought a while ago from home depot (I believe the brand name is Footprints). I’ve used it twice and the experience is unpleasant at best. I’m hoping that I can find the receipt and take it back. Anyways, I’ve been given about $250 (Canadian) for Christmas towards getting some tools for my wood working adventures and I’m hoping to buy a plane.
Before I get into which ones I’ve been eyeing, here are a few things to note about my woodworking habits:
1) Most of the projects I’ve been working on so far are fairly small in size. I’ve made some toy cars, a couple of tealight holders, and a cribbage board, as well as a few picture frames. I do plan on making some bigger projects such as a simple work bench, a small bookshelf and eventually some smaller pieces of furniture (my home is lacking nice end tables). Mostly I want to explore different wood working skills and build things that suit my fancy.
2) My father is a carpenter, I work for him, and I have access to a variety of hand tools and power tools. I’ve been slowly getting my own set of tools because I will often spend more time looking for a company owned tools than using them. I do have access to a veritas standard angle block plane, but it’s never handily available. More often than not, it’s a 10 minute drive away for where I work and I end up spending 15 minutes looking for it in the back of the company van.
3) Spending the whole $250 on a plane is something that I wouldn’t necessarily want to do. I’ve also been eyeing up some Japanese detail saws as well. However, those could wait if the majority of people suggested I should spend a bit more to get something good. We have some older handsaws in our shop that I could use. Again, sometimes they aren’t handily available.
Planes that I could easily get my hands on are the Stanley Block Plane and Bench Plane, or any of the Planes from Lee Valley. Anything vintage is not easily available where I am and I’m not really sure what I’d be looking for anyways.
Sorry for the long post, any help is much appreciated.
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