Best woodworking planes

As a seasoned woodworker, (yes I’m wrinkly) I love using my hand planes. I have collected over years a large selection of woodworking planes.

I understand that you may be relatively new to woodworking and just started collecting handtools. 

Which tools should I consider?

Deciding which handtools that are right for you can be a learning experience.  This is learnt during our woodworking,g or just from the information we receive.

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If I was to recommend a Handplane?

Like I said earlier I have collected my vintage handplanes over several years. You may want to get straight to creating great wooden projects.

Stanley Sweetheart are great hand planes

If you do not have time to find a yard sale bargain and want to get woodworking. The Stanley sweetheart range is a great solution to starting your new hand plane tool collection.

Not just a tool stepping stone but a permanent addition

So I will help, you by finding a selection of these great value Stanley Sweetheart handplanes.

Stanley – No.4 Premium Bench Plane

The No4 bench plane is the must-have plane. If you have a plane in mind then the No4 woodworking plane is the first you should buy.

  • Iron is made from extra-thick 1/8″ (3.18 mm) A2 steel for excellent edge retention so if Victor cast iron plane irons are not for you then this plane with its blade is a must. I you want to know more about A2 steel read our blog on it.
  • One-piece base and frog virtually eliminate chatter
  • Cherrywood handle and knob for comfort
  • Norris-type adjuster with lateral locking feature
  • Adjustable throat plate for different types of wood

Stanley 1-12-137 62-Low Angle Sweetheart Jack Plane

  • One-piece base and frog virtually eliminate chatter and increased accuracy
  • Patented lateral adjustment locking feature
  • Ductile iron castings for weight and durability

Stanley 12-139 Bailey No.60-1/2 Low Angle Block Plane

  • Base and frog cast as one for accuracy
  • The precision machined base for accuracy
  • Heavier body for increased performance
  • Iron casting for weight and durability. Replacement Blade 12-143
  • Mouth adjustment for different types of wood

By Marcus Kett, Woodworking since 1989

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Malcolm the Boat ‘RIP’

Woodworking for me is in my blood as a son of a traditional boatbuilder. My Father Malcolm Kett was highly skilled and inventive individual often referred to as ‘Malcolm The Boat’.

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Marcus Kett and my Mortar!

Although I have spent a considerable portion of my life seeking further education and gaining qualifications in woodworking, electrical installations, bricklaying and to top it a degree in photography.

Yes, it is a medley of possible career choices but the one that I felt truly at home with was Woodworking. Woodworking has been my staple career choice that has given my family stability.

Why do I write these guides?

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Well that’s Me

We started to write these guides to help our customers. The idea was to provide the information needed to install our made to measure wooden products that we sell on this website and directly to our local customers.

We soon received feedback from people abroad and interested readers not local to us. I like to help people and I am excited that fellow woodworkers or keen DIYers found guidance in my articles. I intend to carry on writing and producing youtube videos for the purpose of providing useful content. Please share our blog with your friends and anyone that could find interest in the magic of working with wood.


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About Wallybois

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Wally is the middle one

We have lived and worked here in the Limousin Nouvelle Aquitaine since 2010, building window shutters and external doors. Our Volet manufacturing business is based at our home property as a ‘Cottage Industry’. We are a small business operating partly (60%) off the grid and try our best to practice our woodworking ethically.

How did we come up with the trading name ‘Wallybois’? Well, it is simple really, my best buddy ‘Wally’ and the fact that ‘Bois’ is French for wood and we live in France.

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By Marcus Kett, Woodworking since 1989

Based in the Nouvelle Aquitaine of France

Tel: +33 7 81 45 32 82