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I was looking for some ideas. I have a stanley #110 block, its great for light use, but on some of my boxes i like to use them to round the sides, and holding this one hurts after a while.

Is there a more ergonomic block out there, but no bigger then the 110?

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#1 posted 224 days ago

The No.9-1/2 is a little shorter @ 6”. I find it very comfortable to use.

Also the knuckle joint planes are pretty comfortable. No.18, 18-1/4 …

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#2 posted 224 days ago

The 60-1/2 is low angle, adjustable mouth, with a 1-1/2” wide cutter. If you buy one you will never use your 110 again.

Check out Stanley blood/gore website and you can see the specs for all the stanley block planes.

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#3 posted 224 days ago

Yeah, the Stanley 60 1/2 is my favorite too.

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#4 posted 224 days ago

I have a 60 1/2. Its too big for what im trying to do with it. The 110 is smaller, which is nice, but it hurts for extended times.

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#5 posted 224 days ago

My latest indulgence is a LN 102 and I am really impressed by the ergonomics of this thing. It has a small, tapered body that fits nicely in my hand, and so far it seems to work great on end grain as well as long grain.

I snapped a couple pics, including one of the bottom, because you can’t really get a good sense of the taper and ergonomics from the pics on the LN web site.

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#6 posted 224 days ago

Look around for an old Stanley 102 or 103. They’re smaller than a 110

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#7 posted 224 days ago

I like the #203 as you describe.

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#8 posted 224 days ago

I recently made a wooden one with one of Ron Hock’s blades. It is very comfortable in the hand and you can shape a wooden plane any way you like to suit your hands or preferred grip.

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#9 posted 224 days ago

Ergonomics depends on the tool’s function. If you are rounding a lot of edges then
LN 102 is a very good choice.

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#10 posted 223 days ago

You have a 102 or 103. It smaller than the #110. My favorite is a 65, but like the #18s as well. I have a nice 220 if you’re interested. The 60 1/2 is great as well. The 9 1/2 is probably the easiest to find and its a good block as well.

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#12 posted 223 days ago

I really like the one I made from the Hock kit.

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