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Forum topic by swdshfsh posted 01-11-2018 04:20 PM 1805 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2018 04:20 PM

Hey guys,

I’m looking for a good quality low angle block plane that won’t break the bank. I plan on using it for chamfers and squaring up edges on small pieces. A lot of the block planes I’ve seen are upwards of $100.

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#1 posted 01-11-2018 04:29 PM

I got an old craftsman from time tested tools. Its incredible. He sharpened it and flattened and completely restored. I paid 52 dollars, and I would put it against any of the 100 dollar plus ones. It is quickly becoming a shop favorite for me.

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#2 posted 01-11-2018 04:34 PM

Get an old Stanley 60 1/2 on ebay. Don’t buy a new one, they are junk. Make sure you find a vintage one.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 01-11-2018 04:34 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks swdshfsh!

No buyers remorse from time tested tools.

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#4 posted 01-11-2018 06:06 PM

Another vote for paying Don a visit at It’s where I got my block plane, and it arrived ready to use. It has since become indispensible in my shop.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#5 posted 01-11-2018 06:55 PM

Hey guys, Thanks so much for the info! Does anyone else have any suggestions on a model?

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#6 posted 01-11-2018 08:51 PM

I have a vintage no 65 that I like never than the no 60.5. My hands are larger and it is more comfortable to me, but sometimes a smaller plane is nicer too.

You can find equivalents by Miller’s falls too.

For new, the wood river planes I have seen look quite nice. And they do a hand tool sale a couple times per year so you could get a decent price on it.


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#7 posted 01-12-2018 09:03 PM

I would echo recommendations for the Stankly 65 or 65 ½ (latter for larger hands) for the truly low angle (12 degrees), although you lose the lateral adjustment lever. In truth, for most applications, the 9 ½ or 18 Stanleys will suit fine and you get the adjusting lever, at the cost of 8 degrees higher pitch. You can find these easily on Ebay and they are very easy to fettle. Just make sure there are no cracks. Since they are bevel up, you can fool with the iron angle if like (for wonky grain or endgrain). I personally love the lever cap models (18 and 65) and the adjustable mouths. I would strongly avoid dropping them, however, as they will fracture at the mouth.

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#8 posted 01-12-2018 11:59 PM

Flanker speaks truth. A newer vintage No. 18 is currently my fave…

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#9 posted 01-13-2018 12:38 AM

Careful…these are very addicting..

And these are just the “fancy” ones….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#10 posted 01-16-2018 12:46 PM

Low angle block planes don’t hang around very long. I now know where the sudden rash of low angle request came from. I’ve got a few nice#18s but no low angles right now.

The early craftsman planes are fantastic users. Once tuned they work as well as anything.

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#11 posted 01-16-2018 01:05 PM

I have a new (10 yrs old) Stanley 12-960, current 60-1/2, that works great. Have to know how to tune up a plane, but for about $40 its a good value.

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#12 posted 01-16-2018 06:10 PM

Totally love my 60 1/2 and can’t imagine not having it my shop. Of all my planes it gets the most use.

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#13 posted 01-16-2018 06:22 PM

bandit571, I have this same Millers-Falls low angle block plane and like everything about it except for the lack of adjustable mouth. It seems prone to tear-out if I am not extremely careful. I am curious on your experience with this plane or any tips you can provide.

Thanks, George

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#14 posted 01-16-2018 06:35 PM

A new Stanley is only $25-30 and is fine for what you want to do. I’ve paid as little as two bucks for one at a yard sale.

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#15 posted 01-16-2018 06:35 PM

I tend to use that 60-1/2 beside it….The 1455, is good for knocking down sharp corners and the like. They all just need to be as sharp as you can get them. That 1455 came with it’s original box, BTW.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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