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Forum topic by MattR posted 11-27-2014 03:18 PM 837 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2014 03:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shoulder plane infill

I find myself in need of a shoulder plane. The epay prices of old Records often equal or exceed LN/LV $. Stanleys were the cheaper bargain alternatives back in the day but no longer. Would infills be a viable alternative to a new LV/LN ? The infills definately appeal to me aesthetically and I have no problem tuning/using old planes, but my latest case-piece has at least 50 mortice and tenons so usability is important.

Regards, Matthew

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#1 posted 11-29-2014 01:05 PM

As with anything, all infills are not created equal. I’d rather have a vintage infill then an LV\LN, but I tend to reach for my LV as well. I like the cutter adjustment.

Either would be fine. If you buy either and find you don’t like it, you wouldn’t loose a lot on resale.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#2 posted 11-30-2014 01:05 PM

Over here – England – we cut our shoulders bang on at all times?
But, seriously though, they are okay for big ‘jobs’ like the bottom/middle rails on 2XG and or 2XGG doors.
Also, okay for cleaning up rebates (rabbetts you call them, I believe)?
LN and Veritas are very expensive in the UK, and only those with more money than sense buy them???
I have a brass bottomed, timber bodied shoulder plane with a soft (ish) blade that I sharpen on a rough diamond stone (‘Faithfull’ brand cheap and cheerful 80 grit, I think?) and a green, flat finishing stone, and then pulled across a hard wood block to move the final swarf off.
I like your NA attitude to timber work, and therefore carry on with the good work?

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#3 posted 11-30-2014 06:20 PM

Hello John,

In retrospect, my shoulders are fine even though I am in the US. Maybe because I have a photo of Churchill over my workbench? My dovetail skills are truly deplorable. I should pass on a shoulder plane and pit my time/money/effort in the direction of my sad sad dovetsils instead. Here is the cabinet in progress. You can see Winston holding a Thompson.

Regards, Matthew

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#4 posted 11-30-2014 06:54 PM

Hi Mathew,
Churchill was okay only in war time – even good at it!
Peace time (leadership) ‘Tory’ rule led to to a stale economy, and too much dependence upon supply side (Milton and his wife, I know) economics and no effort put in to demand the side?
From what I can see the joinery looks grand and you appear to have great working environment compared to my garage/workshop?
Is the axe from Norway?
Estwing hammer – I broke my last one pulling out lath tacks?
Stanley or Lie Neilsen chisels to the left? I have Marples, Stanley contractors and a few Ward and Payne.
Marples square?
Home made mallet? Beech and oak?
Stanley No 5 jack plane – on its side, you are right, and is it Chris Shwatz is wrong as they do get chipped in the crap on the bench?
What is going on top of the unit? A dark timber – walnut – would look grand?
I am out of full time (I make stuff for my four daughters) carpentry (rough sawn timber) and Joinery (planed and profiled) now and lecture in economics in Lincoln, England.
I am on if you want pictures of my efforts of late?
Have a great day?
Good evening (it is 1854 now in the UK) to you.
John Payne

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