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post #41 of 59 Old 01-10-2012, 08:42 PM
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I just love the variety of tools that everyone has. Weather it's new and shiny or old and shiny or even old and grungy, they can all get the job done.

I've just begun to stick my head down that proverbial rabbit hole with my collection. I got a couple of hand me downs that sat on the shelf for months. Then I started reading Fine Woodworking and realized that they can be extremely useful and not all that difficult to use. I got the MKII honing guide and the rest is history. Well very recent history because I just got my first blade sharpened and put to work tonite. Some just need a sharpening, some a quick tune and some a total makeover. From left to right: old 27 1/2 stanley, #5 Bailey from England (the only one with a fresh edge so far), cheapo no-name #5, 60's or 70's stanley #4, Wards Masters #4(identical to the #4 Bailey's but 10 bucks less at the antique shop) and presumably a knockoff Stanley #21ish transitional (stanley blade but no markings anywhere other than an indent stamped US on the front). There is a Miller Falls jointer at my local antique shop that I've been eyeing up and then it's just a block plane to round out the basics. There is also a nice old Stanley #78 rabbet there too, but that's not quite an essential for me yet.
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I've just begun to stick my head down that proverbial rabbit hole with my collection.
It is a slippery slope. Department store brands are hidden gems for the most part. They didn't make their own, they bought them from the big boys and had them branded - just like nowadays. I've had a few Craftsman block planes that are really Stanley 60-1/2 in disguise, or Sargents or Millers Falls. Same for Monkey Wards. Collectors pass them up and never stop to ask who actually made the tool. Granted you can still find some store-branded [email protected] but that's because the department stores were selling tools long after Stanley and Millers Falls stopped caring about quality. Garbage in, garbage out.

It's kind of ironic because if you go over to the power-tools section and read some of the threads asking about tablesaws, there are people who can tell you which factory is making all these different brands and how it's the exact same machine except for the paint or the warranty. Same thing over on the metalworking lathe forums. But when it comes to hand planes they see Wardsmaster and assume Montgomery Wards has a factory somewhere making sheets and pillows in one room and hand tools in another.

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I've done lots of reading on hand tool before I started shopping for them. I'm familiar with rebranding. It happens with pretty much every product like electronics, power tools, and yes old hand tools. I had the Bailey's #4 in hand and ready to go but I took a second look at the MG and found them identical right down to the frog adjustment screws. Excluding the lever cap, which bears the differing brand names. The second look saved me 15 bucks.

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Boy.... I haven't counted, AND it would be a pain just to find all of them and get them in one place! haha But I think I have between 20-30 planes. Some VERY large moulding planes for 5 inch mouldings.. a few number 4's.. and so on.

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I like this thread...nice to see some of the combinations of planes everyone has. I have around 15 but almost half of them are wooden planes I have made including a set of Greene &Greene inspired wooden planes (jointer, smoother, and block).

My favorite metal planes are my #7 Lie Nielsen, my LN shoulder plane, and my Veritas router plane.

I also have a few old Stanley's I have restored and added Hock irons that work great.

Good luck, planes can be addictive!

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Stanley 6, 5, 4, low angle block, Veritas, two Japanese pull planes and twospoke shaves. All users.. About six more that I don't use.

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One. A Stanley #4 I bought from Lowe's to get me started and introduce me to why people get such pleasure from doing it by hand. I did minor stuff to it and it works fairly well for what it is. Have a Groz #5 and a block plane on the way as I don't have access to other older avenues at this point.

Those G&G-inspired planes are awesome. I may try making a wood version of a #7 at some point.
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I like this thread...nice to see some of the combinations of planes everyone has. I have around 15 but almost half of them are wooden planes I have made including a set of Greene &Greene inspired wooden planes (jointer, smoother, and block).

My favorite metal planes are my #7 Lie Nielsen, my LN shoulder plane, and my Veritas router plane.

I also have a few old Stanley's I have restored and added Hock irons that work great.

Good luck, planes can be addictive!

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I picked up a MF 22" Jointer recently that is a joy to use! Now I just need it to warm up so I can work outside in the shop again...
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I like this thread...nice to see some of the combinations of planes everyone has. I have around 15 but almost half of them are wooden planes I have made including a set of Greene &Greene inspired wooden planes (jointer, smoother, and block).

My favorite metal planes are my #7 Lie Nielsen, my LN shoulder plane, and my Veritas router plane.

I also have a few old Stanley's I have restored and added Hock irons that work great.

Good luck, planes can be addictive!

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Very interesting design. what was the influence for that?

Very cool

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My father in law gave me some of his dad's planes a couple years ago. I used to curse hand planes because I didn't understand how to use them and set them up properly. An article in a magazine (I forget which one) changed my ways and set me on the path of enjoying hand planing.

I have a Stanley/Bailey #4, a couple of #220 block planes which I use the heck out of, a #95 edge trimmer block plane which I use quite often too, and a Craftsman plane which I don't know the number of. There is also a small #102 but the adjustment (if you can call it that) is a pain in the butt so it sits on the shelf.

Some day I'd like to get a router plane and give it a go.
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Lost Track too many on shelves at home for decoration boxes of antiques and Dads collection which is Amazing and I hope I don't get for a long long time
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Very interesting design. what was the influence for that?

Very cool

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They are based on Greene & Greens design. Not typically used in tools but I liked the concept and am a big fan of G&G.
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They are based on Greene & Greens design. Not typically used in tools but I liked the concept and am a big fan of G&G.
That was my guess... I thought maybe there were some classical examples you were following though. Either way, they look great!

--------------------------------------------- one day I'll be so good that I won't need this forum any longer... then I'll know I have full onset Dementia! ~tom
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I just started my plane collection. I have a #4 Wood River and tomorrow I'm picking up a #5(I think) Stanley. The Stanley needs a little work, the main handle has a crack I'll need to repair.

Edit: The plane with the broken handle turned out to be an old 14" Craftsman. Looks to be usable with a little work.

I went down to visit my parents for Memorial Day. Ended up with a bunch of loner tools.

1. belt sander
2. power planer
3. bench top drill press
4. dovetail jig
5. Kreg jig (old metal one, not plastic)
6. tapered countersink drill bit set
7. router table with 1hp craftsman router
8. router bits (some are kinda rough)
9. a nice Bosch jig saw
10. 14" Craftsman plane with a broken handle
11. eggbeater hand drill. (I couldn't talk him out of his yankee screwdrivers)
12. a bunch of C clamps
13. I got a curved chisel
14. a drawknife
15. a 14" Delta band saw
16. and a cool little square maybe 3"

Not too bad I'd say. Time to start buying wood.

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I just started my plane collection. I have a #4 Wood River and tomorrow I'm picking up a #5(I think) Stanley. The Stanley needs a little work, the main handle has a crack I'll need to repair.
Good start... But you've only just begun to fall down the rabbit hole!
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(sigh) A hole that has NO bottom.
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It took me many years to shake the 'collector' impulse, where I felt compelled to own very possible variant and variable ever made, in order to feel 'complete'. Thankfully, I work wood for enjoyment and artistic expression, not 'competition' so I just keep what I use and don't feel compelled to obsessively acquire a bunch of superfluous, decorative clutter.

8 full size planes in total, excluding a few micro planes I use just for lutherie. All are prewar, all are restored, most are Stanley.
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