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Forum topic by ScottStewart posted 03-11-2014 01:50 AM 558 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2014 01:50 AM

I am debating getting a shoulder plane, and my main options seem to be the LV shoulder and the Stanley 93. Blood and Gore seems to imply that there are a lot of things that can go wrong with the 93 and caveat emptor.

Anyone use the 93?, like it, hate it, watch our for this? I am looking at one from one of the reputable online tool sellers. All opinions appreciated.



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#1 posted 03-11-2014 01:53 AM

Just my opinion, the LV planes are worth the money.
They are modern, smartly designed..

The quality is far superior to Stanley.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 03-11-2014 01:24 PM

There’s also the LN which is excellent. I purchased the LV and haven’t looked back. Great tool. Finely machined and works like you’d expect.

-- Paul, Central Illinois

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#3 posted 03-11-2014 01:43 PM

I think that if you’re talking about the new Stanley 93’s, you would definitely be better off with LV, LN, or Clifton. Personally, I like the old Stanleys, but they are over $100, so you’d probably be better off going for the Lee Valley, especially since the vintage planes will need some work.

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#4 posted 03-11-2014 02:35 PM

+1 for LV or LN…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Kaleb the Swede

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#5 posted 03-11-2014 02:45 PM

Maybe because I have never tried the Lie Nielsons but my new 93 that I got for my birthday a few months back has come into great use. I have used it to clean tenon shoulders, chisel planing off glue spots, making grooves and dados a little deeper. It has been a really good plane to have. Like I said I have never used a Lie Nielson and I have heard they are great, but don’t discount the 93.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#6 posted 03-11-2014 03:34 PM

Just got the LN Medium size and very impressed! More comfortable and on the hands than LV version.

-- Andre of Alberta. Are you Kidding me?

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Vincent Nocito

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#7 posted 03-11-2014 03:36 PM

I use old Stanley 90, 93 and 93 planes. Keep the blades sharp and properly adjusted and they work fine. You might want to check ebay for old ones or perhaps a Clifton or Record. Personally, I would avoid the new Sweetheart Stanley 92 and go for an oldie instead. Even the Wood River 92 (Woodcraft modeled after the old Preston planes) is pretty decent.

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#8 posted 03-11-2014 03:52 PM

Kaleb, you got a new 93? I didn’t think Stanley was making a 93 any more, just the 92.

I have a new 92 and would also say to avoid it. On the one I got, the bed for the iron was not square to the sole or the sides. Apparently, it is a common problem with the new 92’s. As much as I like vintage planes, this is one case where I think a new medium LV or LN shoulder plane would be worth it—they are not much more than a vintage 93, but you are getting something machined square and a good company to back it up if there is an issue.

-- "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 03-11-2014 03:53 PM

Yep, avoid the new Stanley. All of them have sharp edges where the hands go, which requires work to smooth.
Once I learned how to use mine, I found that no matter what I do, the blade does not make an even cut. Bottom is square to the sides, blade is square, so, I save concluded that the bedding for the blade is most likely off. Not an easy fix.
It also rusts easily, even with a light coat of oil on it when I put it away.

Go for the LN or LV.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies and the wall gets in the way.. - Mike -

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#10 posted 03-11-2014 04:35 PM

I have the LN medium and it works superbly. Would not hesitate to recommend it.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#11 posted 03-11-2014 04:47 PM

I had a 92 or 93, I don’t remember which. After I got a
4lb. Record 073 I couldn’t get rid of the Stanley fast enough.

This was a long time ago, before the new crop of high-end
shoulder planes. I’ve read that old Record and Clifton shoulder
planes have variable quality but my Record is satisfactory.

My position on a shoulder plane for general furniture work
is it should be on the heavy side. The mass helps keep the
iron engaged in chatter-prone end grain cuts. For
small things you may find a small shoulder plane is good.

I like the way the knob turns sideways on the Lee Valley


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