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Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 11-08-2020 04:07 PM 1900 views 0 times favorited 86 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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HarveyDunn

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11-08-2020 04:07 PM

About to make my first foray into handplanes. I want to do things like trim joinery and round over edges. I’m working on small items, not big pieces of furniture.

What would you recommend? A search of this site revealed a lot of enthusiasm for the Lee Valley Low Angle Block Plane.


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#1 posted 11-08-2020 04:32 PM

Been using both a Stanley No. 60-1/2 low angle block plane….and a Stanley No. 9-1/2 Standard Angle block plane…

Question would be how you want to sharpen said planes…

Also, be careful…these little planes tend to breed like rabbits ….instead of 2 sitting around…you’ll soon wind up with a dozen of the little buggers…DAMHIKT….

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

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#2 posted 11-08-2020 04:36 PM

For small work as you describe and in my hand; nothing feels better than this gem:

https://www.lie-nielsen.com/products/small-block-planes?path=handplanes&node=4063

For larger work; this one:

https://www.lie-nielsen.com/products/rabbet-block-plane-w-nicker?path=handplanes&node=4063

But you have to use it. So best that you go out and try them to see which feels best in your hand.

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#3 posted 11-08-2020 04:44 PM

Hands down the Lie-Nielsen 102, an everyday workhorse around this workshop

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#4 posted 11-08-2020 04:55 PM

Love my L.N. 102, but the Veritas apron plane comed with the PMV-11 iron? Might also want to look at a
Stanley #103 or the Millers Falls #75, both great little planes and very affordable on E-Bay.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 11-08-2020 05:03 PM

Plenty of choices out there….and you avoid all the sales hype, to boot..

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

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#6 posted 11-08-2020 05:21 PM



Question would be how you want to sharpen said planes…

- bandit571

I’m thinking about getting a Worksharp3000

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#7 posted 11-08-2020 05:37 PM

I use a plane occasionally and like my Stanley 60-1/2. I sharpen on a Worksharp.

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#8 posted 11-08-2020 05:41 PM

I have a couple of knuckle joint block planes I like. Stanley’s may be pricier but other brands can be got for not that much. They have a great feel in the hand.

I like the idea of the Lee Valley planes with the accessory handle you can put on the back. You pay a premium for all of it but it looks like a useful plane, particularly for making guitars.

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#9 posted 11-08-2020 05:54 PM

Loren, what is the point of that accessory handle?

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#10 posted 11-08-2020 05:56 PM

I think it gives you more options for holding the plane. I think luthier Brian Burns recommended it. I use his sharpening system so that’s why I was intrigued.

The whole setup would be over $200 and I’ve got by ok with the stuff I have so I have not pulled the trigger.

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#11 posted 11-08-2020 06:11 PM



Been using both a Stanley No. 60-1/2 low angle block plane….and a Stanley No. 9-1/2 Standard Angle block plane…

Question would be how you want to sharpen said planes…

Also, be careful…these little planes tend to breed like rabbits ….instead of 2 sitting around…you ll soon wind up with a dozen of the little buggers…DAMHIKT….

- bandit571

Sage advice. Got to think ahead on this part. Sure you have the plane but it will get dull and so you need to be prepared. Also they do seem to breed. Due to an wrist and arm injury I have not used hand planes. Last year someone came over and worked with my particular issue and we came up with a way to operate a hand plane and not be in pain for a few days. In that time I have acquired these beauties. Already had a way to sharpen so that was not an issue. The fourth one was on the table at the time, it is a Wood River #4. Thanks to the generosity of some fellow woodworkers, (I suspect more to get me addicted to hand tools) all these were given to me. My next acquisition will be a joiner plane of some model.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#12 posted 11-08-2020 07:11 PM

That is what happens when you leave them alone in the dark with no adult supervision.

The blue 60-1/2 is my go to block plane. I don’t know why i have so many. Maybe because I’m lazy? Nearly all of them have adjustable mouths but I tend to leave them setup for varying thickness of cut and just grab the one I need for the task at hand.

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#13 posted 11-08-2020 07:20 PM

I know Chris Schwarz raves about the Lie Nielsen 60 1/2 being the best block plane ever made. I have an old Stanley 60 1/2 and it does everything i need from a block plane. I wouldn’t mind getting one of the little 102s or violin makers for luthier work etc. I have a really old 19 as well that i never use. I also have a Slickplane that works great for rounding over and chamfering.

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#14 posted 11-08-2020 07:29 PM



I also have a Slickplane that works great for rounding over and chamfering.

- SMP

I just googled that. looks interesting. how do you sharpen the curved irons, and how quickly do they dull?

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#15 posted 11-08-2020 08:08 PM


I also have a Slickplane that works great for rounding over and chamfering.

- SMP

I just googled that. looks interesting. how do you sharpen the curved irons, and how quickly do they dull?

- HarveyDunn

Tbh, i haven’t needed to sharpen them. I picked up an extra set of curved and a set of the chamfer blades once because I think it was Rockler that had them on sale for $10. I just barely knock the corner off so they don’t seem to get much wear since they are carbide. Since they are carbide I probably wouldn’t try to sharpen. I’ve probably had this close to 10 years? For $15 just replace the blades every 5-10 years:
https://www.amazon.com/Woodstock-W1101-8-Inch-Slickplane-Replacement/dp/B0000DD0TT/ref=pd_aw_fbt_img_3/137-2761186-8550936?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0000DD0TT&pd_rd_r=ff4dda1f-5ac3-4784-ba8b-b6b4e6050837&pd_rd_w=Svual&pd_rd_wg=QVr9t&pf_rd_p=8ad921d8-8b3b-4c8e-be01-c425a146feba&pf_rd_r=6Y8BBFCWGHJ5AKVCE6N7&psc=1&refRID=6Y8BBFCWGHJ5AKVCE6N7

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