I can only speak to one-half of your question with practical experience. I
own a low angle Veritas block plane that is one of the finest tools I've
ever had the pleasure of holding in my hands. It's a shame all woodworking
tools aren't made like that.
I used it late last night to fit a drawer and walked into the shop this
morning, first cup of coffee in hand, and saw, and smelled, those curls of
woodshavings all over the floor and bench ... makes you wonder why you
bother doing anything else.
On Fri, 2 Jan 2004 09:11:32 -0600, "Guy LaRochelle"
No. The styles and materials are different. The "quality" and
"performance" are subjective, but both good.
If you compare the whole price range from eBay and Anant through to
Holtey, then L-N and Veritas are actrually pretty similar.
The fellow that I worked with has both - don't ask me why. The limited
amount that I've used them, they work equally well. I preffer the looks of
th L-N, but we both agree that the blade is easier to set with the Veritas.
With either I'd fettle the tote a little to fit my hand better, but I'll
have to get one first.
I have several planes from each manufacturer, for reasons having more to do
with distribution channels, (and my lack of patience when I get to a point
that I 'need' another handplane. It is indeed a slippery slope.
Both are excellent products. In my case, it takes a week to get an order
to the West Coast from Lee Valley, where as there are a number of dealers
in my area who stock LN.
And LV doesn't duplicate the LN product range.
Having said all that, I believe that I will give my LN Standard Angle Block
plane to my grandson. When the time is right. He was born last May.
That'll tell you a fair amount about planes. What do YOU want to do
with the plane? The basics are, don't buy new unless you want to spend
a fair amount of money. Old (1945 or earlier preferably 1910 or so)
Stanley, Millers Falls, Sargent, Union are keepers if there isn't
horrible pitting or any cracks or chips. Back handle (tote) will
probably be cracked, so you'll need to glue/replace it. Replacement is
free if you have wood, drill press and a bandsaw. About $25 at
Woodcraft. For end work you'll need a block plane, for other work a #4
or #5 bench plane will probably do. It really depends on what you want
to use the plane for. If you have the change, try Lee Valley and their
Veritas line of planes, nice stuff.
Dave in Fairfax
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daveldr at att dot net
www.supertool.com, aka Patrick's Blood and Gore, is a work of love, and
maybe a small bit of obsession, by a Wrecker of days of yore. One of the
best resources freely available on the Web. (Patrick also sells handplanes
and hand tools of all vintages.)
That said, what you need depends greatly on what you want to do. Getting
started for many people usually means a block plane (trimming, end grain,
small touch up types of things), and a bench plane of some sort. Again, it
depends on what you are planning to do.
When I sent my eldest son off with a basic set of tools for taking care of
a house last summer, he got the well used, disrespectable looking block
plane and #4, which his grandfather had passed on to me. Sharpened, tuned,
and with a number of lessons.
(And following a neat suggestion from another Wrecker last month, I got my
Dad a Veritas block plane for Christmas to 'replace' to one he passed on to
me. We're doing furniture and built-ins together now, as I learn more
about this. Special times, while he can still enjoy it.)
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