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#1 posted 03-02-2015 06:19 PM

There are definitely a LOT of opinions, and I’m sure you’ll hear a lot of “The best thing…” answers.

For me, personally, I stick with mostly vintage planes because of the lower initial cost. It does involve more cleaning and tuning than newer high end options, but it’s a trade off between time spent and money saved vs having something ready out of the box. It comes down to how much your time is worth to you.

Advantages to new higher end planes (Lie-Nielsen, Veritas, and to an extent WoodRiver), is that you spend very very little time with them before putting them to use. A vintage will usually require some work, unless you buy from someone who’s already taken care of that.

No matter what route you go down, you’ll have to get a method of sharpening that gets things sharp, though. That’s another area where you’ll get a lot of opinions. I started on “Scary Sharp”, sandpaper on a flat surface. Worked fine to get me started at a low buy-in.

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