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Forum topic by missesalot posted 188 days ago 724 views 2 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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missesalot

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188 days ago

Hi,
I’ve posted a few times about starting to set up my woodshop, specifically about some hand tools. I got my hands on a Stanley No 4, looks like from the 20’s, an early Millers Falls smoother, a Stanley no 6, and a Sargent no 7 size jointer. Been playing around with learning to sharpen on water stones, broke down and bought the veritas mark ii. I am thinking, based on my readings here, that I should get a block plane to round out my initial collection of planes for hand work. I am looking at the Lie-Nielsen 102 and 103, one being low angle and one standard. Also looking at the adjustable mouth, thinking this may be most versatile?

Which do you guys find more useful? I know each have a place, but is there one you’d pick over the other if you could only have one?

Thanks in advance
Aaron
http://www.lie-nielsen.com/block-planes/small-block-planes/
http://www.lie-nielsen.com/block-planes/adjustable-mouth-block-planes/


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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 188 days ago

If just one, it’d be the adjustable mouth #60 1/2 close that LN sells. Beautiful tool, very versatile.

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

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ksSlim

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#2 posted 188 days ago

+1 to what Smitty said.
I have several block planes, each is used for a different task.

Bed angle on block can dictate the most probable use.
60 1/2 would make a great first block. Careful, the slope is slippery.

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bandit571

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#3 posted 188 days ago

Maybe find an older Stanley #9-1/2, as well? Same adjustable mouth, too.

Happen to have two of that size in the shop, along with a Stanley #110, and a Stanley #103. ( actually, there are seven little critters sitting around the bench,

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

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

9598 posts in 1220 days


#4 posted 188 days ago

Yeah, I can advise within the ‘only one’ constraint above, but like Bandit there are all kinds of block planes in my shop space. :-)

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

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woodcox

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#5 posted 188 days ago

Maybe consider their rabbeting block plane. I believe the nicker can be retracted or removed when not needed. This plane could pull double duty for several applications, I wish I had one. Of the two you want I would pick adjustable.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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TerryDowning

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#6 posted 188 days ago

If only 1 then as smitty stated choose a low angle (12 degree bed angle ) with adjustable mouth. By far the most versatile. Here ar some other LA block numbers to look for.

Stanley 60 (Millers Falls 46)
Stanley 60 1/2 New, used, or clone (Millers Falls 56 Low angle there is also a 56 standard angle so be careful here, or 56B)
Stanley 65 (Millers Falls 47)
Stanley 65 1/2 (Millers Falls 57)

-- - Terry

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missesalot

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#7 posted 188 days ago

ok thanks guys, was really hoping that 102 was the pick of the litter:-)

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TerryDowning

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#8 posted 188 days ago

+1 to woodcox suggestion as well

I have the Millers Fall 07 with removable side for rabbeting. It sees regular use. This is similar to the Stanley 140 Be forewarned these are pricey!

My three go to block planes in order of preference
Vintage Stanley 60 1/2
Millers Falls 75
Millers Falls 07

-- - Terry

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bandit571

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#9 posted 188 days ago

I like the 103 better, easier to adjust with a lever. Almost like a 120 style.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

9598 posts in 1220 days


#10 posted 188 days ago

The #203 is actually a nice block as well, for none of the reasons indicated above. It just feels right in the hand is seems to adapt well to whatever blocking I ask of it.

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

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WayneC

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#11 posted 188 days ago

My preference is low-angle block plane with an adjustable mouth. My favorite block plane is a Stanley #65 with a hock replacement cutter. I own the two adjustable mouth LN planes (9 1/2 and 60 1/2) and they are great planes as well. Preference is low-angle block plane with an adjustable mouth.

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Don W

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#12 posted 186 days ago

My go to is the #65. Its vintage, a knuckle, low angle, and adjustable mouth. I’m not sure what else besides blue hair you could ask for.

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TheWoodenOyster

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#13 posted 186 days ago

If you are ever going to buy a lie nielsen, this is your chance because it is one of the cheapest things they sell. If you have the funds, go with a lie nielsen. I have the low angle adjustable mouth and it is my go-to for times when nothing else can get it done. It is a stellar plane and performs very well. If you sharpen it, it’ll do almost anything. You could also go with the rabbeting block plane that they sell. It offers a little more versatility and I assume it can still do almost anything the regular low angle block plane can do.

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Loren

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#14 posted 186 days ago

I would consider Veritas because of the ball tail accessory.

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poopiekat

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#15 posted 186 days ago

I’m with Bandit on a 9 1/2. If you can find a nice, vintage example, go for it!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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