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Posted on Getting into Hand Planes/ Which size/ Lie Nielsen?

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#1 posted 11-07-2018 02:24 PM

If you want to skip the refurb route, you can either buy a reconditioned planed from DonW (NOT Ebay!!) or, if you prefer to buy new & save some money, IMO you can’t go wrong with the WoodRiver planes sold through Woodcraft.

I’ve been down the Fleabay/rustoration route a few times and got to the point where I just wanted to buy a plane and start using it, not fiddling around or finding out the sole is warped or cracked (gotta check those pics!!)

I’ve got several, as well as LN and they actually stack up quite well and if for some reason you don’t like it, you can always send it back.

My only knock on the WR’s is the irons can be hit or miss regarding flatness. I’ve had to do quite a bit of work on some and not much on others. Other than that I’m quite happy with them. I have a 4, 6 and 7 as well as the block planes.

Again, IMO, but the first 2 planes I suggest are a #4 and 6. I’m with Bandit regarding the low angle planes. I have one to use primarily as a shooting plane, but in my hands it is too light and not big enough. The #6 is my “go to” for shooting board.

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