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Posted on First experience refinishing a plane

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#1 posted 08-24-2016 02:58 PM

I say get a tool and see what you can do with it. Most tools can be made to “sing” with enough work at it, at least for a little while. I think good points are made regarding bad tools, still, you can work on rust removal, sharpening and flattening. Mainly, you REALLY learn how your plane works. There are great lessons there even if the tool isn’t a type 2 Stanley Bailey plane. Heck, I get some really good use out of the $8 Harbor Freight “33 Windsor” plane I bought. Again, even a poor tool will work right, once adjustedl, if not for a long time. Really, in my opinion, the “problem” planes are problems because they don’t stay set. Don’t get me wrong, it’s frustrating, but if you can get the plane set up, adjusted and singing, even for a very short period of time, it was worth the effort.

I found that taking apart my first plane, cleaning it and reassembling it were paramount in my learning about planes, and how they work. I was MUCH more willing to take apart a 10 dollar plane and see what I could do than to take apart a $350 Lee Nielsen plane.

Believe me, Veritas and LN planes have their place, they are the envy of any plane user that doesn’t own one. Still, if you want to really learn about a plane, buy a cheapee, take it apart and see what you can do with it.

My two cents. Good Luck!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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