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#1 posted 02-13-2017 12:39 PM

Thanks for the feedback everyone. At this point I m leaning towards buying a few tools just to get started. I ll search for instruction online or from DVDs as well as some shorter duration classes.

Based on what I ve read/watched online as well as some feedback I ve recieved from my local woodworking shops and from the Lie Nielsen hand tool event last summer, I think I m going to go with a low angle jack and block plane and some quality stones. I already picked up a 4 piece set of Stanley Sweeheart chisels this last Christmas.

For the block plane, it seems pretty uninimous that the Lie Nielsen 60 1/2 is the way to go.

For the low angle jack plane, the Lie Nielsen seems to be the most traditional recommendation while the Veritas adds a few modern tweaks which a lot of people say make it the better plane to start out with. I ll have to get my hands on both to see which one I prefer.

- mnorman

Here are 2 series of blogs on handplanes that you might find helpful - tuning” and handplane choices

I’m a big fan of Paul Sellers for most all hand tool things. His online Master classes are very good and cheap (many are free). After seeing what he can do with a Stanley Bailey #4, you just have to have one.

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