Many times the amount you paid for the # 18.
I don't know what numbers they are, maybe a 9, but I have some knuckle cap
block planes I never use. I don't have much regard for them. The old 60 1/2
planes are good to go most of the time.
The Bedrocks are high dollar planes and on top of that, I added Hock irons
with Clifton breakers. These planes are treasured and they certainly do what
they are called upon to do. I don't apologize for having them.
My issue with your earlier comments is that the tools I've seen at flea
markets have mostly been junk, certainly not users. I would rather make
things from wood than fiddle with junk tools. I think that if you find a #8
for $30, it is probably junk or the seller doesn't know the value of the
tool. The few flea market tools that I would be interested in have been
grossly over priced.
But, the great thing about wood working is that we can make what we want out
of the wood we want, finish it like we want to, and we can use the tools we
want to use.
If you like inexpensive flea market tools, more power to you. :-)
My 18 required nothing more than derusting, oiling, and sharpening,
it was back in working order. Trickiest part was adjusting the cap
so it wouldn't pop open, but it's been a great user since. OTOH, I
couple of Sargent knuckle planes that are real junk, hand injuries
to bite. Uglier than an Irish hangover, too.
Get a couple of Norris smoothers, and your life will be complete.
$25 for my 1910 #6, down from $30.
I've walked away from a few. The intact, restorable ones are fun to
from rust to shiny hand scraped, flat to within 0.000000001 micron,
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