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Forum topic by Hellough posted 01-24-2014 12:21 AM 1085 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Hellough

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01-24-2014 12:21 AM

Topic tags/keywords: plane shoulder plane stanley

I’m sure there is a thread that would assist me in this endeavor, and if someone would like to point me in that direction, I would be perfectly fine with that; But I’m in the market for a general purpose shoulder plane.

I’ve been back and forth on forking out the 200 for a Lie-Nielsen or LV, but scoring a deal on a used Stanley appeals to me as well. At this point, I’m leaning more towards a reliable Stanley without too much fixing up to do.

My main question is this: What do I shop for in terms of the old Stanleys. I’m not having consistent results in my research when it comes to a good reliable general purpose Stanley, so I was hoping I’d have luck here. Also on a budget, so I’m limited to around 100-120.

Thanks in advance.

-- Learning patience quicker than I am the art of woodworking...


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#1 posted 01-24-2014 01:00 AM

Look at the 92, 93, and 94. http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan11.htm#num92

I’ve got a Stanley 92 and a medium LV. Both work well.

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#2 posted 01-24-2014 01:19 AM

Exactly the type of article I was searching for… Thanks, Don.

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#3 posted 01-24-2014 01:31 AM

You can post the question over here, http://lumberjocks.com/topics/26023

The plane heads hang out there.

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#4 posted 01-24-2014 01:35 AM

Don, is there a significant difference between the medium and large shoulder plane?

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#5 posted 01-24-2014 01:42 AM

I think so. But I guess it wound depend on your perspective.

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#6 posted 01-24-2014 04:18 PM

FWW had a good article on shoulder planes not too long ago- I suggest you look at that discussion. I have a couple of them- Stanley, LV large and a wooden one. I use them all and like them for various jobs (fitting tenons, cleaning rabbets etc). The Stanley can even be used as a chisel plane if you take the nose off.

Jeff

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#7 posted 01-24-2014 06:22 PM

From Lumberjock Alf.

http://www.ukworkshop.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1827%22

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#8 posted 01-24-2014 06:48 PM

You’ll pay a premium jumping to a #94; a #93 is my recommendation and you should find one for around $100, vintage and USA made.

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#9 posted 01-24-2014 07:27 PM

If you’re going to buy a “new” one, I’d recommend the Lee Valley. I have the medium sized one and I love it, but I know guys that say the same thing about the large one. You should try to attend one of the shows where you can try them out and see which feels better to you. I’m not a fan of the new offerings by Stanley. If you want to buy “vintage”, you can expect to pay at least $100 for a nice 92 or 93, more for a 94 and that’s if you can find one. When you compare the $159 price of the medium LV, its a no-brainer to me. I buy/sell tools and I think I’ve only come across 2 shoulder planes in the past 5 years. By comparison, I’ve found hundreds of bench/block planes and dozens of rabbet, dado, plough and router planes.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#10 posted 01-24-2014 08:01 PM

You can check out Derrick Cohens web site has done bunch of reviews on hand tools reviewed the lee valley and lie Nielsen planes .

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#11 posted 01-24-2014 08:27 PM

Here’s a 94 listed, http://www.thebestthings.com/stanley.htm

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#12 posted 01-24-2014 09:37 PM

Dave, Lee Valley has bumped their medium size to $190 for the A2 and O1 steel and $200 for the PM-V11. Don, I think I might go for the 92 they have on their site.

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#13 posted 01-24-2014 09:43 PM

Don, what does the 6 digit number after the ST stand for on the planes? For example, the no. 92 is listed as ST140114… I was hoping it would help me determine the age of the tool.

-- Learning patience quicker than I am the art of woodworking...

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#14 posted 01-25-2014 12:41 AM

I would assume that’s just his number to keep track of the plane. Like a catalog number. It doesn’t correlate to any Stanley number.

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

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#15 posted 01-25-2014 02:41 AM

Ouch!! I didn’t know LV had bumped the price. Still, when you compare $190 for a brand new LV shoulder plane that you would have to do absolutely nothing to to $169 for the used 94… If you can find a 92 or 93 for less than $100, that would probably be the most economical way to go.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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