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12-23-2013 11:53 PM

So i received a nice christmas bonus from work. Perfect timing too, need some new hands tools!

Currently i have numbers 4-8 covered. I don’t have anything to clean up tenons or shoulders. Was leaning towards either,41182,48942

or , leaning towards this as i can use it both ways.

Could probably use a shoulder plane, but which size?

I was also contemplating a LV shooting plane, question is, is it worth the price or am i better off using a plane i already own? I havn’t done any shooting at all except a test piece, just made a board for it. Found using a normal plane uncomfortable.

I do have a router plane, but its only the body, it needs every part which im not sure what they are.

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#1 posted 12-24-2013 12:17 AM

I think I would go for the Veritas … I think the fence would come in handy. I have a Stanley #92 shoulder plane that comes in handy for tenon shoulders and small rabbets.

The shooters are tempting, but for the money I’ll just keep using Dad’s old Stanley #5.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 12-24-2013 12:50 AM

I have the LV medium shoulder plane and like it a lot. If anything ever happened to it, I would buy another one.

-- Art

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#3 posted 12-24-2013 01:20 AM

I would go w/ the LN, I think it would be more versatile and is more of a tenon and shoulder plane. The Veritas plane you have there is more of a rabbet plane. The LN plane is modeled after the Sargent 507 which go for nearly as much as the as LN on ebay even in rust poor condition, missing parts, etc.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 12-24-2013 02:02 AM

Shoulder planes: go big. The big ones have more mass and that helps
the plane take demanding end grain cuts consistently.

Some things depend on the scale of work you do and the type
of joinery. I’ll admit a 4lb shoulder plane is awkward at times.
They really excel at truing up tenon shoulders on things
like full-sized doors where the shoulder may be 12” or wider.

I’m using Iwasaki files on end grain now and I think they
are easier to work with on tenon shoulders that shoulder
planes or chisels. They are sort of a breakthrough, in
my opinion.

I’ve found cutting rabbets for fine furniture with planes
to be a miserable experience in all but the most agreeable
woods. For carpentry work, I’m fine with planed
rabbets but in fine work I’ve found it difficult to get the
rabbet even close to the tolerances I get working
quickly with machines.

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Don W

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#5 posted 12-24-2013 02:07 AM

Ive got the LV blocks. I like them. I use the fence a lot.

Your welcome to stop by and try ‘emu out.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 12-24-2013 02:22 AM

Sounds tempying Don. Seems everytime i stop by i seem to come home with more treasures! I’ve still yet to get that #12 up and running (needs a blade) just havn’t had time.

I feel like a rabbet a rabbet plane would be the most beneficial to much, i know when i was making the BB ends on my table, i could only use a regular plane, and tried pairing with a chisel to get it flat and square, and of course that didn’t work.

I also know a router plane can easily true of cheeks and the like, plus the LV can accept inlay tools. Which would be better. A router plane, or block rabbet plane?

I think i may hold off on the shooting plane, might make a hot dog contraption for one of my other planes. Maybe if in the future my needs grow i can pick one up.

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#7 posted 12-24-2013 03:09 AM

A lot of decisions to make which may lead to some confusion on what to buy. If you were to split your bonus, which I’d be willing to help, that might lighten your burden…..;-) .....congrats to you…..and have fun spending your bonus

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#8 posted 12-24-2013 03:26 AM

Lateral, hold up on that spending of the bonus. Per the folks on the Wealth thread you need to share your hard earned good fortune. If there is anything left after sharing then think about yourself.

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#9 posted 12-24-2013 04:21 AM

I have the LN rabbeting block plane and a medium LV shoulder plane. If you’re close to Albany (Colonie), you’re welcome to stop and test drive them. I suspect that if you’re close to Don, you’re close to me :) With regards to the shooting plane, I was using a #6 and it did a fine job, but it wasn’t comfortable. I just bought the LV shooting plane and I can already tell that it will be MUCH more comfortable and easier to use. Its a beast and that mass will really help a lot.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#10 posted 12-25-2013 03:32 PM

Dkv I donated to St judes. My donation for the year.

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