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Used plane

by matt1205
posted 10-30-2018 04:31 PM

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#1 posted 10-30-2018 06:30 PM

Hey Everyone
I am getting into wood working and tackling my first “real project”. I am making an island countertop out of maple. I have everything glued up and the results were better than I expected however some of the boards are slightly higher than the other. After doing a ton of research online, including here it appears the best choice would be to use a hand plane to flatten everything out. However to purchase a quality product it’s a bit more than I want to spend.

I was thinking of going online and purchasing a used one that would need some tuning up but not sure what to really look for. Has anyone tackled that project? On EBay there are plenty of options of some quality name brand products but they all need a little bit of work


- matt1205

Oh my friend….. You are new! Welcome to the site. For what it’s worth, tuning up or fully restoring a plane or anything in between has been done by many. Here's a blog series I did on a fully restoration of a vintage plane. There are many others on this site that have done similar blogs as well. LJ Don W has a site, where you can find tons of information on planes, restoring them, tuning them and where you can buy a vintage plane that’s been tuned and ready to go to work if you prefer that route.

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#2 posted 10-30-2018 09:44 PM

Matt, where are you at? If you’re in/around the DC area I can set you up with some tuned users… somehow they multiply every time I’m near a flea market…

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#3 posted 10-30-2018 09:54 PM

Choosing planes and tuning planes. Welcome to the hand plane vortex.

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#4 posted 10-31-2018 01:59 AM

I live in NH but checking out yard sales and flea markets is definitely something I am going to do.

You can really go down the rabbit hole on this topic.

Thanks for the info so far. I checked out those links and they were great.

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#5 posted 11-02-2018 12:33 PM

What size are you looking? I may have some extras laying around.

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#6 posted 11-02-2018 01:06 PM

A jack plane is what you need to get started, look for a Stanley #5.

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#7 posted 11-02-2018 01:12 PM

Hey Matt,
I fairly new to woodworking too. I started purchasing hand planes several years back both new and vintage. Both are good options and restoring old one’s is rewarding in my opinion. Deffinetly buy some hand planes. So for what it’s worth, if you have a local shop that you could throw a few bucks to run the top in a belt sander that would save you some time. Not to discourage you from handplaning your table top it just takes some setup and practice. Sounds like a fun project! Best of luck. Kyle.

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