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Blog entry by ocwoodworker posted 04-08-2011 03:18 AM 1424 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok folks…We all know that Lie-nielsen makes awesome planes and chisels. And I’m in the market for a #7 bench plane. I’m all for quality but… $425 Is it worth it? What do you have on your shelf? Do you use it often? Much appreciated for all your input.


-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#1 posted 04-08-2011 03:45 AM

I have a Stanley 607 which I bought on e-bay for $280. It’s a very good plane, but I consider myself very lucky to have found it. I should tell you that all of my other planes are LN’s. Block, No.4, and Low Angle Jack and they are excellent. A lot of money for sure, but worth it when you’re using them. Not to mention, the re-sale value on any LN is quite near what you would pay brand new, so in my mind it’s not that big a risk if you find that you want to get rid of it.

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#2 posted 04-08-2011 03:51 AM

Hi Kevin,

The L-N line is really good although I don’t own any-yet. If I were to buy one it would be a 4 1/2 smother.
I have a set of old Bailleys 3-4-5-6-7 and a wooden long plane I call my #9 which I hardly use. It depends on how you you work and how much machining you do. The 3-4-and 5 are the most useful size for me as I work on jobsites doing restoration , but I would like to have the L-N 4 1/2 set up for real fine work just for the shop. I bought all of my Baileys for about $300.

-- VillageCarver,Chattanooga

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#3 posted 04-08-2011 12:48 PM

I have several LN Planes LN 5 1/2 Bench Plane, #4 Low Angle smoother, and 2 block planes, and yes they are worth it every penny. I bought a 608 bedrock for $265 and it was in decent shape. I am not one to do a complete restore but I spend the necessary time on the business end of the tool to maximize performance. I spent a full day tuning the plane and added a after market blade and chip breaker added another $125. So I am in to this for about $400.00 and I believe you can buy a LN for about $450 or so. I could have spent another $50, honed the blade and been on my way. Another benefit is they seem to hold their value, look on Ebay for a #7.

I purchase tools on a need to have basis and any additional hand tools I need will come from LN.

-- Marc

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#4 posted 04-08-2011 04:15 PM

This oughta answer your question…

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#5 posted 10-31-2011 08:38 PM

Wow, what a collection…...You can put a chair in front of it and just look at your nice tools.


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#6 posted 10-31-2011 09:31 PM

I think it’s worth every penny. A 607 or 608 will set you back a good amount and will likely need some restoration. I’m a vintage Stanley guy all the way but I think it’s a very fair price for a fine plane.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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