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#1 posted 08-24-2016 02:06 PM

I think its worth it to learn to refurb a plane. From experience, my advice to beginners is don’t make the mistake of starting out with cheap, poor performing tools. I think we can have an idea we aren’t “ready” or don’t somehow don’t deserve or maybe aren’t ready to commit financially to a quality hand tool.

What results is frustration and discouragement because we aren’t getting the results we see others getting and we may chalk it up to poor skills, not the tool. If you’re constantly having to fiddle around with settings and get inconsistent results that means its time to move on to a better quality plane.

If you’re serious about getting into hand tool work, very soon, I would recommend starting with one quality #4 plane such as a pre-WWII Stanley, a WoodRiver or, if your budget can handle, Lie Nielsen or Veritas.

If you want’ to go the vintage route, I would stay away from Ebay and look for guys who sell refurbished planes such as DonW.

Good luck. I also love the quiet solitude of working with hand tools.

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

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