I gotta stop this addiction. My birthday was in September. This causes my
twitchy fingers to go to the Lee Valley web page and click "What's new" and
then start clicking "add to wish list".
Lee Valley has a new router plane, complete with fancy optional fence.
They're going to put all the ebay vintage sellers out of business if they
keep doing stuff like this. :-)
No they won't. <G>
The nice vintage stuff rarely gets used, it gets collected and stared
at. Veritas planes are terrific values for those of us who want a
high quality tool we can use every day.
What it really means is that those of us who want to use our tools
don't have to pay idiotic, hyped up collectors prices, or spend an
entire day preparing a "user quality" tool properly for use, and
spending for a replacement iron. These days, "user quality" seems to
have gotten lower and lower, to the point of something found at the
bottom of a river is probably graded as such.
Boy, do I love my Veritas planes. The good part about the hype on
eBay is that I can sell my old Stanleys as Veritas replacements become
available. Even though the antiques work fine, the Veritas versions
often have features that make them just "plane" better, at a fair
What's funny is that I've found that removing the Hock irons and
reinstalling an old Stanley iron makes my not so collectible "user
quality" tools sell better on eBay. Go figure.
Who never did understand "collecting" anything as an activity in
You clicked an idea in my brain that did not exist. I came across some good
old Stanleys locally at good user prices. I've been thinking that I cannot
justify buying an excellent Veritas, if I've got a decent old Stanley. So
maybe I could join the hype, sell a couple of old Stanleys and buy a new
Veritas. Like you, I use the old Stanleys. I don't collect them.
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