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post #1 of 12 Old 10-07-2017, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Which bench plane to get?

I'm primarily a power tool user, but I'm looking to add a bench plane to my tool box. I have a block plane and after some time with it I'd like something else. I'll probably just use it to smooth things out after using the electric hand plane or belt sander for rough stock. I was leaning towards the low angle Jack due to its versatility, but I'm not sure anymore since it'll be used primarily for final smoothing before dye or stain and finish are applied
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Sounds like a #4 is just right for you. Stanley/Bailey.

... turning perfectly good wood into firewood every day ... :smile3:
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I'm debating on whether I'll ever use a plane for shooting end grain. I'm new to hand tools. I grew up using power tools for everything so that's what I'm comfortable with so who knows what I'll do as my woodworking grows. Atm I usually just hand sand the ends and sides.

Should I try to find an old plane and restore it or say screw it and buy a new one from either woodriver, veritas, or lie Nielsen.
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Depends on how much you want to spend I suppose, you can nab a very nice old Stanley on ebay for $50 and under. There's plenty in great shape and sharp enough right from the get go..
After all if your primary goal is to spend as much money as possible I'm sure there's plenty of people willing to give you an expensive ride to the cleaners.. Heck, drop by my place if you really want to get taken to the cleaners..
I would definitely avoid any new Stanley's. I bit a few times and never will again. Old Stanleys pre 70s are generally fine tools.

I figured it's time to change my signature so hold your breath. This is it.
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Yea I've definitely seen the reviews saying to pass on newer Stanleys. Think I'm gonna take a trip to my local klingspor and check out all of their antique planes. Was thinking either get an old plane and restore it or get a new veritas or lie Nielsen low angle Jack plane and just get multiple blades for it.
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What do you guys think of this? I'm thinking of bidding on it. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Stan...-/142532396787
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What do you guys think of this? I'm thinking of bidding on it. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Stan...-/142532396787
That looks like a Bailey, not a Bedrock. Bedrock had a flat top at the high point of the cheeks (the sides) and they didn't use the same numbering system (a #4 Bailey equivalent would be a 604 if it was a Bedrock).

Looks like a nice plane, though- that vintage is sometimes called 'low knob' because of its height and shape. BTW- the tote (handle) and knob are made of Brazilian Rosewood.

Here's a link that probably has more info than you want, but it's good to know-

http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan15.htm

If you google 'clean and tuning hand plane', you'll be able to make very thin shavings, even from difficult wood.
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Weird. Wonder why it says bedrock on the one part than. Unless they frankensteined it together. Or it's from before they started labeling bedrocks with 60 before the number plane it is.
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There was another one I saw that looked like the current owner already cleaned it up and worked on the sole. Of course now that I wanted to talk about it I can't find it.
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The cap iron is a pre-1910 Bedrock "three line". Back then the body was the same as standard rounded side Bailey; later on Stanley added the flat top sides to distinguish the more expensive Bedrock version (and changed to a two line cap iron). I don't know enough about Bedrocks to say if that plane is a honest Bedrock or a Bailey with a Bedrock cap iron.

http://www.supertool.com/StanleyBG/stan15.htm

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Spent $65 for all 3 of these at a garage sale. The bedrock is in great condition. All screws and knobs are easy to turn, the lateral adjustment works perfectly, the bottom was flat. Just a little surface rust, no pitting at all. The Fulton and sweetheart were just icing on the cake. if I can get those in working order all the better, but the Fulton definitely needs more tlc.
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Got this pretty much done. Only thing left is to work on the sole and sides.
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