I seldom use a plane, mainly because I find they are a pain in.... But I have had occasion recently to see where one would help me. But, I am not a mechanical engineer, don't know calculus, am not a machinist with a full metal working shop and have short attention span. Therefore my eyes glaze over when I read the page long instructions for "rehabilitating an old plane" and I nod off.
So. Which old planes are worth the effort? I only need a couple jack plane type tools for quick removal of material. I found an old 5 1/2 Stanley that I have torn apart and am trying to clean but now I gotta remember how to put it back together!!
Can you guys suggest THREE planes I should have. I will not spend $150 for a new Stanley and the $300 for a Lie Nielson gives me palpitations!!
You don't have to be a mechanical engineer, you don't need to know calculus and you dont have to be a machinist. The attention span thing,,,well, we'll just have to see *L*..
Acquiring a plane: lots of roads you could take here, but you've pretty much made it clear the route you want to take. You dont' have to spend a fortune. You don't have to spend a hundred bucks....what you do have to do is pay attention to what you are buying. Alot of good planes can be had for 50 bucks or less. Older planes along the lines of Stanley, Miller Falls, Fulton and even craftsman (mfg. for sears by Miller Falls back in the day) are all great planes to name a few. If your lucky enough to come across a Stanley "Bedrock" for under a hundred thats is great shape
, scarf it up!!!!
Which plane to get: If your looking for 3, I'd say a 5 or 6 (or anything in between), a 3 or 4 for finish work and a GOOD block plane for trim and touch up.
I love my planes! I enjoy tweaking em, setting em up, and putting them to work. Planes arn't for everyone obviously...and can require a good bit of effort at times. Other times a well tuned plane can glide over curly maple like it was on skates
In my opinion, without a SHARP iron, you might as well use sandpaper. With a sharp iron, you wont' need to use sandpaper...when you get to that point.. let us know..