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23.03.2014
Old Stanley hand planes date back to 1870 and are highly sought after in today’s market for their solid craftsmanship and overall quality.
Sadly, they were also expensive to make and Stanley discontinued the patterns, opting for planes that were cheaper to produce. A precise machined base and solid brass knobs echo what Stanley hopes will be the hallmarks of heirloom quality hand planes.
Now it seems Stanley has seen the error of their ways and is bringing back the old-style planes, complete with the trademark Sweetheart logo, mechanical precision, adjustment features, and top-shelf materials to win woodworkers’ favor yet again.
The Lee Valley plane plane has extremely accurate machining on it(so does the LN,but not quite as smooth) The machining is also the smoothest I have seen on a commercial plane.
With the LN plane's exposed lever cap screw,you can at least see what you are doing,in terms of loosening the cap till it cleared the screw. I did not have this problem with the LN,or the Stanley,which has a swinging lever to tighten the lever cap, the easiest system to operate,though not made as elegantly as the other planes,it worked quicker.
I can lap the sole of the LV(and,indeed of the LN also),though I wish I didn't have to on such an expensive plane (remember,it was within the specs.) I just would like it flatter.
I have several block planes,so I may reserve the LV for times when I am working on the bench top,and not over my universal wood worker's vise (which really started life as a German made gunstocker's vise with swivel jaws).
I had only made guitars with the Stanley in the past,for the greatest part of its use,for things like planing down the edges of the guitar's sides.
If Lee Valley would post the weight of this plane,we'd have an accurate idea of what to expect. Makes me think that there are likely a few places where a quarter or half pound of metal could be removed from one of these planes.


Amazing that so much goes into the function and appearance of a product and then there is a disconnect when it comes to the actual feel of holding the plane when it is being used.
These days, my finances are tight enough that it seems like the more prudent route may be to buy a new LN or LV plane instead of taking a chance on the ebay lottery. I have several block planes,and will just use this one OVER THE BENCH TOP,and not out where I stand more of a chance dropping it.
I’d so love to see a shootout between these and equivalent Lie Nielsen and Veritas planes!
While quality may not come cheap, we used to fiddle with other cheaper planes to get them to work – some were not worth the effort.
Having seen that all 3 planes were a bit hollow on their bottoms with a precision Brown and Sharpe straight edge,I decided to test them on my good granite flat.
I noticed that when I rubbed the LV plane against the granite surface plate,the center of the adjustable sole,and the butt end edge were the surfaces that touched.
Nice to see some measurements on sole flatness - not a critical factor in a block plane, though. However I did not really appreciate the design of the Veritas LA until I was given one as a gift (by Rob Lee). The reviews that I have read on these planes say that they are higher quality than their standard planes but the pale in comparison to Lie Nielsen or Veritas.
Just loosen the knob, slide the adjuster to the desired setting, and then tighten the knob back to secure it into place.
I also tested a Stanley #15 adjustable mouth low angle block plane that I bought new about 30 years ago.


It actually sucked down to the granite surface plate.I would rather have the iron a tiny bit hollow,because it will bear down tighter on the blade ramp,so I was fine with that. I think the most critical factor in selecting a block plane is how it fit and feel in your hands. The blade on the Stanley had been sharpened quite a few times,and was razor sharp,but at a more blunt angle than the other planes. I think this design,while a bit on the extreme side,is a GREAT deal better than the Bridge City's block plane,which(as was usual) WAY over the top,and WAY TOO EXTREME,stretched out MUCH too far,to the point that it was not acceptable.
My preference for the LN as my user did not change, but I came to realise that the Veritas LA was actually easier to adjust. We use Lie Nielson block planes in our business – and I also have several others in my home shop. I would hate to drop the plane,and I advise anyone buying it to be careful to keep a good grip on it. In particular, the lever cap adjuster wheel on the LN is set further under the lever cap than on the Veritas, and you end up pinching your fingers if not careful. I couldn't get it to plane quite as thin a shaving as the other 2 would in the condition its blade and sole were in.



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