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Forum topic by UKJoiner posted 04-23-2015 08:03 PM 1009 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2015 08:03 PM

Hi Chaps

I have always had traditional Stanley planes, but as I have got older, I have a yearning for a posh plane!

I am looking for an all round bench plane. I have narrowed my search down to Lie Nielsen, Veritas and Clifton. I would like a Jack plane, probably a 5-1/2. I am also looking into the low angle planes from Veritas and Lie Nielsen, I don’t think Clifton do one.
In the Veritas range I have looked at the Low-Angle Jack and the 5-1/4W Bench Plane . In the Lie Nielsen range I have looked at the No. 5-1/2 Jack Plane. In the Clifton range I have been looking at the 5-1/2 Bench Plane.

Does anyone have any preferences? If you do perhaps you could let me know the pros. and cons.


-- UK Joiner

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#1 posted 04-23-2015 08:36 PM

I don’t know what your tariffs are like in the UK, but living in Canada, I went with Veritas when I got my block plane a few months ago. I liked the look of the LN block plane more, but with shipping and duty and tariffs and whatnot, the price nearly doubled. LV has a store right down the street from me so that was a pretty easy choice. If it is cheaper for you to import from Canada than it is from the States than Veritas is probably your best choice, but if there is no real price difference than it would just come down to which one you like best. I can only speak to the Veritas as being a fantastic plane, but there is evidence out there to show that LN’s are top notch also.

I know I’ve only talked about block planes but I think both companies bring the same high level of workmanship to all their planes.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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#2 posted 04-23-2015 10:56 PM

I have Veritas and LN planes and I tend to prefer Veritas. I think the fit and finish is better out of the box. The Veritas LA jack is superb and you can buy blades with different angles to fit most any situation.

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#3 posted 04-24-2015 12:11 AM

Gulfstream G650.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#4 posted 04-24-2015 12:59 AM

I’ve got quite a few planes now. I bought my firs LN way back and it was the Low Angle Jack. WOW loved it so much and just enjoyed having it in my hands. Kinda like riding a Harley, ya just can’t help but Grin when using!

Great tools. I’ve hear good things about Veritas, but after that first LN, I’ve never tried another brand. My 4.5 smoother and router plane is arriving tomorrow :)

Good luck.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#5 posted 04-24-2015 01:33 AM

Gulfstream G650.

- bruc101


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#6 posted 04-24-2015 01:40 AM

lol thanks… good one. I know what a 650 looks like. I’ve got a buddy owns a g5 and wanting to upgrade to a 650 but “momma” (wifey) ain’t having nothing to do with it and she’s the one with the money in the family.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#7 posted 04-24-2015 02:07 AM

You really can’t lose with the planes you mentioned. I’m betting a Clifton is going to be the most reasonable in the UK. I’m a Lie Nielsen nut. Their LA jack is the most used plane in my shop.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#8 posted 04-24-2015 11:07 AM

So you’re ready to step up into the rarefied air of premium planes—- excellent!!
Here’s what happened to me: After getting these planes and using them, I sold all my old Stanleys (mostly sitting on the shelf anyway tired of fiddling with them).

I only own two LN’s, a BU jack and a 4 1/2 smoother.
Both are exquisite. I can guarantee you won’t be sorry if you go with LN.

Sorry, but the only LV plane I own is a shoulder plane and I am quite happy with it.
But I don’t think you can go wrong with LV especially if you like a little innovation.
If you want traditional, then LN.

Just as an aside, the only other bench plane I have is a WoodRiver #6 and I have to tell you I’ve been pretty darn impressed with it. Come to think about it, I really use it more than the others because it has a little flattening capability to it. As I remember the blade took more work to flatten than I like, though.

If I were starting out, the 3 or 4 plane package they sell would be a good investment I think.

I would not hesitate on a LV except I their blade adjustment system is so different.
I’m sure its perfectly good and maybe even better, but I’m so used to the traditional plane I opted for LN.

I don’t know anything about Clifton.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#9 posted 04-24-2015 04:31 PM

Hi Chaps

Thanks for all your advise. Looks like Lie Nielsen is the favourite from you guys.

-- UK Joiner

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#10 posted 04-24-2015 05:43 PM

You can make that old Stanley work as well as a Veritas or LN by replacing blade and chip breaker with a Hock.
Well maybe almost as well. Nothing wrong with buying a new one if you have the $$$.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#11 posted 04-25-2015 04:06 PM

Lie Nielsen does make a fine tool. They tend to stay true to the original Stanley designs but are more robust using far superior modern materials and manufacturing techniques.

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