I found some nice walnut for a project and am need of a decent smoothing
plane. Does anyone know of a good source for Stanley type planes in the
south sound / Tacoma area? HF and similar China import tool stores
offerings look poorly made and not worth the $. A few retailers have new
Stanley's but they're very expensive.
You want a good plane, but don't want to spend a lot of money. Used is the
only way to go. Could take a while to find one though.
New Stanley planes are not all that good anyway. If you want good, go to
Lee Valley and get a Veritas or a Lie Nielson, or a Steve Knight Toolworks.
None are cheap, all are good.
Look around. Buy old chisels and saws while you're at it. Old is
pre 1950 at the MOST recent. 1900 is much better. The tools
should be easy to find and much less expensive than you could buy
new. Better quality in most cases as well.
Dave in Fairfax
To actually answer your question, the only sources I know of are
Lowes, Home Depot and the Harbor Freight store.
If you go up to Seattle there is a WoodCraft near Boeing Field and two
Rockler stores (one near South Center and the other up in north Seattle)
Personal e-mail is the n7bsn but at amsat.org
Those places sell junk tools. If you can go to Seattle, try
Hardwicks hardware store. FAR, left, front corner as you go in.
Take a look at the mallets on the right hand isles of the left
side, about 2 isles in, as you go past them.
Dave in Fairfax
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