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#1 posted 07-29-2016 04:11 PM

You could just buy a new Veritas plane, either bevel up type or bevel down. No tune up required, other than honing the plane iron, if that’s even necessary. I’d get a 4 or a 5, but probably the 4. I have a bevel up 4 and it gets a pretty good bit of work, and the iron holds a good edge. That’ll get you working quickly, and without the hassle of tuning up an old and probably lower quality plane.

Of course, some folks would rather tune up an old plane than buy a new one, and I’ve done that too. If that’s your objective, find a decent quality plane. Flatten the sole, throw away the old plane iron and get a new iron of modern steel.

Or, you can get lucky and buy a used plane from a guy that has good planes. I bought a Record #5 from a buddy, and it was not cheap, but I took it home and found that it had a new Hock blade and was perfectly tuned. It was fantastic and cut the prettiest shavings you ever saw. I quit griping about the price.

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