I only one one hand plane, a Veritas #4 smooth plane and I LOVE it. I
want to buy a block plane and I am either going with:
Lie-Nielsen adjustable mouth (http://www.lie-nielsen.com/catalog.php ?
Veritas DX60 adjustable mouth block plane (http://www.leevalley.com/US/
Anyone out there with experience with any of these or both?
As supremely cool as that Veritas plane is (I don't own one, but I've tried it
out at a woodworking show), I have one nagging problem with it: it's too
friggin' heavy! Normally, "heavy" is a desirable attribute in a hand plane,
but I have a lot of block planes, and I use them a LOT, but I just don't like
them if they're too heavy. My very favorite block plane is a good old vintage
Stanley 60-1/2; it's a dream to use and it's probably the lightest of the
bunch. The Lie-Nielsen 60-1/2 is of course a modern day (and much improved)
replica of the Stanley, but I'd wager it's quite a bit heavier than the
Stanley. I've only just held (and never tried) the Lie-Nielsen so I don't know
how heavy it feels in actual USE compared to the Veritas, but I'd be surprised
if it didn't feel lighter.
Regarding the Stanley 60-1/2, I think it's the *size* and form-factor that
draws me to it perhaps as much as its light weight; I just love how that plane
feels! Because of that same form-factor (and in spite of my concerns about
their weight), I think you've picked two very good candidates for
consideration. As much as I love the design and engineering effort that went
into creating the Veritas, I think my personal preference would be to stick
with the more traditional design of the Lie-Nielsen.
If you do think the extra heft of these planes would be bothersome, you might
try snagging an old Stanley 60-1/2 on eBay. Hell, snag one anyway, even if you
DO get one of these other planes; I guarantee you'll find a use for it.
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Amen, Bruddah! I keep mine in the truck, and it sports a beefy ol'
Ron Hock iron, too. A rusty old nail-finder of a #4 Satanley is in
the truck, too, for larger rough work.
I second that. Multitudinally useful.
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I couldn't have said it better. As I was reading the original post I
was thinking I still prefer my old Millers Falls 56? (60 1/2 style
not sure of the model #) to my Lie-Nielsen. I hate to say this after
spending the money, but the Millers Falls is a bit lighter and much
nicer in the hand, especially if I am using it for a while. If I had
to pick between the two... less is more.
I think you'd be very happy with either, but that style of the Veritas would
be the deal maker for me. Do they take trade ins? I like my Veritas low
angle, but if I peeked at that catalog page the day I get my Christmas
bonus, I'd probably click the "buy now" button.
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