I`m mostly figuring on building my new woodworking plane collection
(working collection) with stanley planes.
Today at home depot I noticed a smoothing and scrub Buck plane for
1.Are they as good as a Stanley?
2.Are the blades as good?
And don't get the Great Neck ones from Lowe's or Ace either. Hit the
yardsales, flea markets and antique stores. You want Stanley, Sargent,
Millers Falls, Union or Fulton planes. The old Craftsman planes are
also acceptable, I mean OLD. The planes shouldn't cost you more than
about $25. Make sure the parts are all there, and that the mouths
aren't chipped. do a google search on removing rust or write me for
Dave in Fairfax
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daveldr at att dot net
JUNK! They're not even as good as a modern-day Stanley, and that's pretty bad.
Go to eBay and search for "Stanley Plane"; you'll get a ton of hits, and you
should easily be able to snag a decent #4 or #5 for less than the $30 you'd
spend on a new Buck Brothers "plane". You want something that was made prior
to the 1960's; a pretty easy way to tell if this is true is to stay away from
the planes that are blue or maroon in color.
If you really want to learn how to make good plane-buying decisions, the
following websites will be of great value:
If you actually want to USE the planes, the Bailey types 9 through 19 have all
the best features. The "low-knob" type 10's and 11's are probably the most
sought-after. If you want a "high-knob" plane, look for a type 14 or later
because the knobs on the 12's and 13's were prone to breakage.
One more warning; you're sticking your toe in dangerous waters, my friend. The
acquisition of hand planes is a seriously addicting affliction!
The quality is pretty low. I have a couple of them. They can be made to work
and work well though it takes a lot more tuning than you probably want to do
being a beginner at it. After tuning, they work as well as my old Stanley's
but they were a lot more work. the best deal going is ebay. There are lots
of planes on there that can be had for very little and the majority of work
that you have to do to these is removing crud and sharpening compared to the
metal work you would have to do with the Buck.
When I was new to woodworking I read a few articles on the subject. They
usually suggested that the user get back to the "art of woodworking" through
the use of hand tools. I set off to the local home despot and purchased buck
bros bench plane and block plane. A MISTAKE I found out through use, though
a great learning experience.
I searched and searched for the proper way of tuning these planes and have
since, through hard time consuming work, made these good working planes. The
sides and soles are flat and the blade was sharpened using the scary sharp
method without the use of fancy jigs.
I have since been on a mission to getting Stanley pre-war time planes. I'm
not a big fan of just collecting them but enjoy turning them into great
users. I have accumulated the Stanley No. 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 1/2 & a slew of
spoke shaves (recently acquired). All purchased for under $125 total
(pre-shipping) on e-Bay. Yes, they needed some work, but after the buck
bros., anything is easier. Depending on who you are talking to, some believe
that nothing beats a "Hock" blade, I have yet to order and make my own
I now use the buck bros for scrubbing, prior to smoothing with the
I'm thinking of giving the buck bros planes to my brother as a gift. He too
is new to the "art of woodworking."
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