Many years ago before I came down with the "disease" I did not own a hand
plane. I was content to life in the "power tool" world.
A few years ago I thought I should do a "test" and purchase a hand plane -
just to try and get a feel for what the Gallumpers were doing.
I walked into a since-bankrupt Woodworking store and stated I wanted to
purchase a hand plane - what did they recommend? The answer was "I do not
use these and so cannot give any advise".
Despite the lack of advise I purchased a Record No 5 Jack plane.
I shaved a few pieces of lumber but had not caught the disease at that time.
I later saw the Lee Valley Tools catalog. I looked at the pictures of the
other planes which I could purchase. I dreamed of some of these. The
dreams became purchases.
I now own a LV Low Angle Smoother, a LV Scraper Plane, a LV Medium Shoulder
Plane, and a LV Router Plane.
So I admit, I now have the hand plane disease. I foresee no antidote in the
near future. The #6 and Low Angel Jointer are fighting in my brain to be
the next purchase. Oh the mental torment.
I love the Low Angle Smoother and recently purchased a high angle blade so
now I can make this work almost like the Record #5. OK not quite the same.
I purchased a Ron Hock A2 blade for the Record plane from Lee Valley and it
transformed the planes performance.
I have to say that I love the Medium Shoulder Plane. It is not practical to
use all the time, but I love the feel when it is relevant for a task.
I cannot imagine going back to the "only using power tool" days.
How do you feel?