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Forum topic by richgreer posted 09-06-2010 04:33 AM 1380 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-06-2010 04:33 AM

A few weeks back I developed an interest in hand tools in general and hand planes in particular. I have brought a couple of topics to this forum and I have gotten some great advise. I have also been doing a lot of research by reading a couple of books and trying to learn what I can on the internet and in woodworking magazines.

I’ve bought a couple of modest used planes on e-bay to get a feel for using a hand plane, and I have enjoyed “playing” with them.

I read a review in the Nov, 2003 issue of Popular Woodworking of the Lie-Nielsen #62 low angle jack plane. It sounds like this is a very high quality plane and a very versatile plane. One can change it’s character by using a different iron with a different bevel angle. Then I found a very nice used LN #62 for sale. It appears to be in perfect condition.

I decided to come back to the font of knowledge and ask my LJ friends to comment on this plane. This would be my first “real” plane (i.e. one that cost more than $100).

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 09-06-2010 05:19 AM

from my experience, used LN and LV keep their value, so buying a used one USUALLY cost about as much as new (now always, but mostly).

If the sale RE offers a good savings on the plane – get it, it’s one of the most versatile planes out there – smoothing, roughing, shooting – it does it all, and with the low angle, you can change blades for different applications at ease.

If the sale price is close to new – than I would think twice as you can always get it direct from LN, give them your support and get the same plane for about as much.

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#2 posted 09-06-2010 05:28 AM


I suggest you read this before you decide on a 12º bedded plane:

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#3 posted 09-06-2010 05:35 AM

I bought one “traditional” handplane and found it difficult to adjust and use in general. So much so that I was reconsidering my decision to go down the hand tool path. Then I read an article about the bevel up style planes. However I was hesitant to spend that kind of money. That was until I went to one of the lie-nielsen handtool events. I was able to try all of their tools out. I was amazed at how easy the bevel up planes were to set up and use. So I later purchased a bevel up jack plane as my first serious hand tool. I was literally making perfect shavings 15 minutes after opening the box. I highly recommend the bevel up design – regardless of what brand you choose. However be warned. If you buy lie-Nielsen you will become an addict. I just dropped $1800 outfitting myself with a set of chisels, bevel up planes, etc. So far I have not regreted it. Also if you look on eBay most lie-nielsen tools they sell for nearly the same price as the new tools…so if you do not like it you can likely get your money back out of it.

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#4 posted 09-06-2010 07:45 AM

lie-Nielsen – Wicked great planes and most anything else they sell.

Fetting a used wonderful Stanley is wonderful as long as you can replace the missing bits or fix the tote or knob (I’ve a lathe so its not a big deal for me). There are alot of great deals out there but the really good to use ones are snapped up by collectors, If you live near a nexus of old Neanderthals (cant remember the correct term but that is close) you could find a club near you that has folks that will actually GIVE you a nice plane as long as ya are gonna use it. But the internet is buyer beware on OLD tools… there are fakes and folks selling junk… You can buy a gem for 50 bucks that you love… but after making a new tote and truing it again on bottom and both sides…. then a new blade (a good one)... It really is better to buy NEW!

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I only have 4 planes but I use them all a LN low angle 7.5 that I have two blades for (for flattening). I #62 LA for finishing and a block plane and a medium shoulder plane

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#5 posted 09-06-2010 11:52 AM

LN Quality is quite good. The LN 62 is based on the original Stanley No. 62 design. From what I have seen the old original Stanley No. 62 will bring $100 plus for one in good condition. These planes are really sought after and are not as common as the well known bevel down planes. With that in mind, if you can get that kind of deal on the LN and you genuinely want a bevel up design, I would jump on it. Their are some nice things about the bevel up design and it does give some versatility. However, you will never have/find just one plane that will do everything that you need. That is why there are so many different styles and designs of plane.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#6 posted 09-06-2010 12:31 PM

Rich – No reason not to go for it. They hold their value extremely well, and it’s a great plane. If you discover it’s not for you, it shouldn’t be hard to recoup the initial cash outlay. Little risk, lots of potential!

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#7 posted 09-06-2010 02:39 PM

Rich- good on you for this posting, as I too have been looking at getting another plane larger than my old #4 Stanley that I’ve had forever.

Never been that knowledgeable about planes and James posting on the bevel up style planes has my interest.

I’ve been looking at getting a bit larger size as in a jack or even fore plane.

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