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  • Which one to keep

    I purchased both of these planes yesterday for $10 a piece. I really don't think either of them are worth much more. But I sharpened both irons and while the bottom one has the screw adjustment and a so called lateral adjuster I think I'm going to keep the top one. Just less fiddly.
    The top one is a Stanley 12-116 and the bottom a 12-220.
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    Re: Which one to keep

    I think I have both those planes. I tend to collect them though lol. I should clean a few of them up and sell them. I have one that is real beat up the sole is scratched really bad. I should see if it will work in the scew rabet plane I bought.
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    • #3

      Re: Which one to keep

      I have both of those. They are not the same. The top one is a standard angle (20 degree bed); it is a little finicky to set up the blade but once it's ready it works OK. I use it for softwoods, it leaves a fairly nice finish but I'm not sure I'd use it on hardwoods to make fine furniture. The bottom one is low-angle (12 degree bed), and I find it easier to use because it fits better in the hand (especially given that these little planes are one-handed planes) so everything is lower (applied force and center of gravity) which means less chatter. They are both nice little planes.
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      Frank
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      • #4

        Re: Which one to keep

        If I were making that decision I would fit the knob from the upper plane to the lower one and keep the lower one.it is a low angle and IMHO a much more versatile block plane . I collect planes for fun but my working block plane is a low angle with a Ron Hock iron

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        • #5

          Re: Which one to keep

          The low angle plane would be the more versatile plane of the two, once it is repaired, but neither one is a a super star as block planes go. The non-adjustable mouth is a major downside to these planes. Stanley has made much better block planes such as the ones Lee Valley currently list and even so, they require quite a bit of fettling before they are ready to go to work. For $10 each, I think that you bought an interesting project.

          My 2 cents

          Ken

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