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10-02-2008 12:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hand plane stanley plane

There has been much discussion on the price and availability of hand planes lately. I got the Garrett Wade Tool catalog today and noticed that you can get the new, Stanley, made in England, hand planes, cheaper than some of the worn out American ones, that are on Ebay. I have one of the new low angle planes, and just like most of the old planes you buy, it had to be set up and fine tuned, for it to work at peak perfection. I’m sure these will have to have the same done to them, as any mass produced hand planes would. Here’s the link:
If I had need of one of the sizes, #4, #5, or #7, I would buy one and give a review on it, but maybe someone else will, since they are very reasonably priced.

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#1 posted 10-02-2008 03:45 AM

I’m also interested in hearing from anyone who gets their hands on one of these new planes. I’ve been hearing about them for some time now.

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#2 posted 10-02-2008 03:51 AM

i would go for those made in England. seems like the English put out some good tools there.

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#3 posted 10-02-2008 04:23 AM

I have a Stanley #4 from the UK. The castings are thicker
than my older US made Stanleys, but other than that I don’t
see much difference. I suppose it is marginally heavier. The
tote is something like beech… I prefer the rosewood on the
older planes.

These new ones may have plastic totes and knobs.

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#4 posted 10-02-2008 04:45 AM

The Stanleys I found on Ebay were old but will last another 100 years if taken care of, they are beefier and more solid,stable (frog) than the new England Stanleys. #5 Jack type 11 was $40, #7 Jointer type 11 was $70, I took my time looking and made sure there were no cracks or other serious defects. the #5 has a ribbed sole which I like
I looked over one of the England made ones and it was night and day better than the cheap US or wherever they are made Stanleys.
I would try to find a good type 11,if not then go for the Stanley, they are both about the same work setting up and fine tuning,(yes new ones need tuned). Also there is something about old tools that work excellent lying around.
If you have deep pockets well Veritas or the like!


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#5 posted 10-02-2008 07:03 AM

I have one of the newer made in UK block plane and several old US stanley planes. They’re both good once you tune them up. The UK block plane took a whole day to tune. Out of the box, there was chatter and the blade seemed dull. I can’t comment on the US planes since I bought them used and they were already tuned ok.

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#6 posted 10-02-2008 04:06 PM

Hi Tenon Tim,

Great post here, and I’m sure will help a number of us.

For those interested in learning the techniques I use to tune a hand plane:

I hope this is useful for at least some of us.


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#7 posted 10-02-2008 05:25 PM

Thanks for adding the link, Lee. The only one I had was at Finewoodworking. com, and if you don’t have a subscription, you can’t view it.

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#8 posted 06-04-2009 06:29 PM

heard the “NEW” Stanleys are out at woodcraft. I think I’m still going to save for a veritas or LN and reward companies that have done things right all along, but I’ve heard there are some nice features to the new Stanelys. Particularly, a locking mechanism for the lateral adjusment. If the stanleys turn out to be light years ahead of the competition, I’d consider them too.

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#9 posted 06-04-2009 06:51 PM

Here is the review from PopularWW looks pretty well made – esp. the lateral+depth controls and the 1 piece body+frog – some new concepts.

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#10 posted 06-04-2009 07:20 PM

Another Woodriver thing, nothing new…...
When buying new handtools, the very first thing I consider is the investment of my hard earned money…..I doubt these kind of hybrids hold the value as weel as their shine.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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