Anant jointer plane - an inexpensive option

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Review by 8iowa posted 06-06-2010 02:58 AM 13462 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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For those who don’t have the time to restore an old Stanley Bailey plane, (#7’s are not exactly abundant) and are reluctant to spend the $400 + for a high quality Lie-Nielsen hand plane, the Anant, from Highland Woodworking is a viable alternative that will not bust the budget. This #7 jointer plane is on sale/clearance for around $80.

At first inspection I was impressed. The tote and knob are wood and the overall finish is excellent. The plane is well machined and the frog required no additional attention. The sole is flat, probably within about .003” and the blade adjusting knob is brass. The blade was almost perfectly flat and the metal had a rather high degree of finish, requiring very little time and effort to complete the flattening and polishing. The chip breaker had a few burrs which stoned out easily. The blade has decent steel. I was able to sharpen it to the point where it would easily slice paper. Once installed the blade adjustments work properly and I was quickly making long curled shavings.

a few negatives would have to include that the sides and sole, while ground flat and square, do not have a high degree of finish. If you like the soles of your hand planes to have a highly polished surface, then you would have to spend some time on the Anant plane in order to get it that way.

The tote is also a little on the small side. For those who have large hands they might want to replace it.

If handplaning is a daily activity then you might want to spring for a Lie-Nielsen. However, for those who have occasional needs for a jointer plane, this Anant #7 will do the job.

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#1 posted 06-06-2010 03:36 AM

Thanks for the review.


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#2 posted 06-06-2010 08:10 AM

thank´s for the rewiew


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#3 posted 06-06-2010 11:25 AM

I have one of these Anant’s too. I’ve found the plane accurate enough for jointing and milling lumber to dimension. I’ve found the Stanley style blade adjuster works as well as my vintage Stanley Jack Plane. The blade sharpens up well and holds an edge. I do seem to remember taking a while to get the back flattened but nothing unusually difficult. For the money it’s always seemed to me to be a lot of bang for the buck. You can get a fairly fine shaving with this plane but since it’s a jointer I never use it set up that way, better off with a more agressive cut to get the job done quicker.

Have to make sure the wife’s not looking over my shoulder now (joking): I probably could have gotten by with just the Anant but picked up a couple of other jointers over time, both are low cost options compared to top of the line LN. The additional jointers are wooden planes that work quite well. I bought them because I work with planes so much and wanted them pre set so I didn’t have to readjust the plane all the time.

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#4 posted 06-06-2010 02:04 PM

Thanks for the review Ralph.

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#5 posted 06-08-2010 05:15 AM

Thanks for the review.

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#6 posted 06-08-2010 06:31 PM

It’s good to hear there are quality, reasonably priced alternatives out there. Thanks for a fine review.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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