Great Hand Planes – Not Expensive – US

My woodworking has sent me on a journey of discovery. I know we are always learning but I have to admit this learning is not a chor but an experience which I welcome.

Hand planes are not just a hunk of iron but they are a extension to our creativity.  When I pick up my beloved  Stanley N07 I feel at home. These great tools not only do a job but instill a kid of confidence in us a people. Creativity is King.

Stanley – No.4 Premium Bench Plane

This Stanley Sweet heart plane is a great addition to any toolkit.

What sets this Plane apart from others

  • 3mm thick 02 tool steel
  • Cherry Tote (handle) and knob
  • quality casting

Stanley 12-905 14-Inch No.5 Contractor Grade Smooth Bottom Bench Plane

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

Stanley 7 Jointer Plane 2.3/8in 1-12-007

Taytools 469614 Smoothing Bench Hand Plane #4, 9-3/4 Inch Sole, Ductile Cast Body, Lapped Sides and Bottom, Blade RHC 55-60, Sapele Handle and Tote

Taytools 465944 Jack Smoothing Bench Hand Plane #5-1/2, 14-3/4 Inch Sole, Ductile Cast Body, Lapped Sides and Bottom, Blade RHC 55-60, Sapele Handle and Tote

Taytools 469591 Fore Bench Hand Plane #6, 18 Inch Sole, Ductile Cast Body, Lapped Sides and Bottom, Blade RHC 55-60, Sapele Handle and Tote

Taytools 468280 Number 62 Low Angle Jack Plane with 12 Degree Bed, 14 Inches Overall,

The Taytools brand is not one I am familar with but reviews I have read have been favourable. This particular low angle plane is a popular model at a  price which any Ductile Cast Iron Body plane with a Blade Hardness of 55-60 HRC should be. During my research reading reviews on, this plane I way pleasantly surprised at the positive comments. Like the stanley models it can do with some tuning. Maybe it is proving to be difficult to find reasonably priced hand planes without spending high end tool prices like Veritas or Lie Neilsen.

Bench Dog Tools No. 7 Jointer Plane

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