|Forum topic by Mark Burton||posted 05-07-2014 03:17 AM||1076 views||0 times favorited||12 replies|
05-07-2014 03:17 AM
This is my first post, so I’ll introduce myself before asking questions.
My name is Mark Burton, I currently reside in Salt Lake City, Utah, just a stone’s throw away from the LDS Temple (literally). I’m an Engineering Technician for a medical device manufacturer, which is just a fancy way of saying I’m a wrench-turning knucklehead. A couple of years ago I took a studio class at the University of Utah where we spent the entire semester working with wood. I was hooked immediately. Sadly, once the semester was over, I no longer had access to their shop. My desire to work with wood went unquenched for the better part of 2 years, until I stumbled across a video by Paul Sellers. That beautiful Brit showed me that I can square a piece of wood AND make the best kindling in the world at the same time! I immediately decided to go out and pick up a couple of garbage planes from the Home Dee Pot just to give hand planing a go. I loved it. The smell of the wood, learning the technique, the weight of the plane in my hands, all of it. Of course, I’ve returned the aforementioned planes to the HD because I know that quality counts, especially when it comes to hand tools. Even at $40, they aren’t worth the space they’d take up in my garage (or garbage, for that matter).
So, here I am, planeless, sad, and in a quandary as to which planes to buy and where. I think a block plane and a no. 4 Smoothing plane will work for my first project; a small workbench for my apartment. I know HD and Woodcraft sell new Stanley Bailey and SH planes, but I have a strong feeling they just don’t make ‘em like they used to, and I’m not willing to drop $450 on a pair of L-N planes just yet, even if they are the best. I not ready for the best. I just need some good planes that are ready to go, though I’m not afraid of truing the soles, honing the blades, and dialing them in. I know there are threads dedicated to what to look for in a used plane, so I won’t bother asking. What I wasn’t able to find right away (sorry, short attention span) are any threads discussing the difference between old and new Stanley planes. i know there are other brands of planes, but there’s so much more information available on Stanleys and they seem to be the standard plane across the board.
Are the new Bailey and Sweetheart planes so much worse than older planes that searching for and restoring an old plane would be preferable?
Also, if there’s anyone in the SLC area willing to knock back a few and talk shop, I’m always up for it.