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post #9 of (permalink) Old 04-15-2016, 09:27 PM
Ray Newman
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Before you pay for the plane(s), check the flatness of the sole with a straight edge and then check that the cheeks/sides are 90 degrees to the sole as 'ya nevva' know when you will need to build a shooting board, a handy shop-fabricated accessory.

Also check the blade depth adjustment screw for backlash. Remember: If the plane does not fit your hand it will never feel right and if it feels too heavy, it will not loose weight with use.

Now having said that, I have a few Lee Valley/VERITAS and Lie-Nielsen planes, which were ready-to-use-right-out-of the-box. More recent buyers said the same.

You just might enjoy working with a hand plane and eventually wind up purchasing a "Wonderful Contraption" --the Stanley No.55!

Useful additions to the woodworker's library are:

"The Handplane Book
Buy Handplane Book at

"Planecraft; Handplaning by Modern Methods" by Hampton and Clifford (out of print)
aAailable from ABE Books -- Planecraft - AbeBooks
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