Great Hand Planes – Not Expensive – UK
As a woodworker who just loves to handle real tools, I have put together this selection of affordable but good hand planes.
I have seen so many poor-quality tools sold to Newby woodworkers with unrealistic promises.
The selection here is made from my own experiences and knowledge of what tools can be tuned and what cannot. I cheap tool is not always bad as long as it is possible to tune the plane to meet your needs.
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Stanley 112136 No.4 Premium Bench Plane
Stanley is a tool brand that has been with us for a very long time. If you think of hand planes the first name that will pop into your head is the Stanley. Stanley started to lose favour with professionals as their quality at the point of sale degraded somewhat. Not that they were useless but the finish presented to us was lacking.
But we have this new range of Stanleys Sweethearts that have swept away any bad feelings. The SW range of Stanleys is a great turnaround as this new range is well finished and well-tuned straight out of the box.
The Sweetheart N04 smoothing plane is no exception and definetly should be a consideration for anyone considering a new quality woodworking tool which is well priced. For the price I do not know of a N04 smoother which comes close to this quality for the price.
Stanley No5 Irwin Plane Jack Plane
The original Stanley or even better the a Stanley Bailey was a better tool back in the day. But do not dismiss this contractors woodworking tool as the castings are good. With a little tuning and pimping that tool with a new handle (TOTE) and knob you will then have a higher end tool capable of matching planes cost way more. The format of this plane is tried and tested for over a hundred years so expect it to be a great perfromer.
The jack plane is a great tool for levelling medium length boards or shooting in the lead on a door.
Stanley 1-12-137 62-Low Angle Sweetheart Jack Plane
Another offering in the Stanley Sweetheart range of tools. If you have experience with any of the new Sweetheart range you will know thaty the low price of these tools is surprising because the quality is good.
Like a low angle block plane the plane iron of the low angle jack plane can peel away shavings of short grain boards or even endgrain.
Stanley 7 Jointer Plane 2.3/8In 1 12 007
My favourite plane in my tool cabinet is my pimped vintage Stanley Bailey N07 . The quality of this tool is exceptional and with the work I put into this tool it is certainly a high end performer. The more modern offering from Stanley is a good tool anyway but like the N05 variation the N07 would also benefit from some tuning. Yes it is ready to use straight from the box after you sharpen the plane iron for the first time.
Faithfull Badger PLANE No.10 Rebate Plane 2.1/8-inch
Faithfull is one of those brands which has been around for a while now but not as long as the Stanley. The Badger plane is basically a large format shoulder or rebate plane. The badger plane is not easy to find these days unless you are happy to pay for high end brands like Veritas so I am thankful Faithful has now this new offering.
I do not own this tool but a friend has and he assures me it is a good tool which does as expected. I use mine to clean up table saw rebates in door frames.
If you are considering to buy a used Badger plane be sure to inspect it around the shoulder areas as these planes are known to crack as there is not a lot of metal in that area. Or just buy a new one.
By Marcus Kett, Woodworking since 1989
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’.
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.
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