Where Should I buy Them ??
I buy almost all my hand planes from eBay..
There is Two Categories what eBay lets Sellers list there Hand Planes One is Collectable's and the others is hand Tools.. It took me about a year way back when eBay was new to fine them in the Collectable's Category so I'll list both locations for you ..
Buy > Collectibles > Tools, Hardware & Locks > Tools > Carpentry, Woodworking > Planes
Buy > Home & Garden > Tools & Home Improvement > Tools > Hand Tools > Planes
I like to buy older planes as they where made just a little better back when people used them to make there living but if your new to hand planes I would recommend you buy a nice bright and shiny planes which might only cost $20 more then a rusted model of the same type.. I get into what to buy latter now I tell you how I buy..
ONE: First don't bid on a plane till a few min's before the auction ends.. No matter how high your man bid if given long enough someone will bid higher then you.. So don't start a bidding war wait till as near the end as possible before placing your bid.
TWO: Price you should bid would be about the cost of a New Stanley Bench Plane of the same size for a nice example...
The Price I bid is about...
$60 for a No.3
$50 for a No.4
$100 for a No.4 1/2
$45 for a No.5
$80 for a No.5 1/2
$60 for a No.6
$75 for a No.7
$90 for a No.8
$30 for a No.9 1/2
$35 for a No.60 1/2
$70 for a No.65
These are prices to Bid and hopefully you will win with a price $10 or $20 less on a good day some days you might not be so lucky..
You can also check prices of auctions that have finished on eBay to get an idea of what items the previous month have sold for..
You do this by put a Check in COMPLETED AUCTIONS located Left Side Preferences (You might be asked to sign in when you place check) then Add the Text to what your searching for like "Stanley Plane" or search the whole Category and Click Search Button, this will show you all of finished auctions up till about a month ago..
Weekends bring the best items most times and also bring the highest prices of the week also..
Be prepared to loose and bid on another plane don't get discouraged and bid a crazy high price.. If you take your time which I never did when I first started buying you will get a good plane your happy with.. I wanted a great deal and bought beater planes and was never happy till I learned to refinish them.. If you want a user wait for a nice plane, it should not take longer than a few weeks till you win a nice one..
What Size Plane To Buy ?
Many People start with a A low or standard angle block
plane like the Stanley Low Angle No.60 1/2 or the standard
angle No.9 1/2.
The Low Angle Pane is good for planning end grain
something it excels at, while the No.9 1/2 is just a small bench
plane pretty much.. Lee Valley makes a great Low Angle Block Plane for the money in my opinion might make a great first plane..
For a Single Bench Plane many say you should get a No.5 Jack plane
or No.5 1/2.. David Charlesworth a well know
woodworking teacher recommends to his students to buy a No.5 1/2
but the only companies making these size any more are the
premium companies so if your just starting a collection eBay my
be your least expensive option.. My opinion is to buy a No.5 first or a LV Block Plane
Now if your sure you are going to take the leap into hand
planes you may want a basic set.. I would say to buy a Low Angle Block
Plane like a No.60 1/2, a Smoother plane like a No.4 or No.4 1/2 and Jointer No.7 or No.8 a
Rabbit Plane like a No.78 and a Shoulder Plane Lee Valley or Lie-Nielson both make great shoulder planes.. This to me is a sound start.. Also if you add a No.6 Fore plane you can grind your No5 blade with a Camber(curve) and use it like a Scrub Plane for removing thick shavings fast..
What Brand to Buy?
I think that the best buys out there are Older
Stanley Planes you can buy at eBay or local antique tool
or garage sales.
These Planes will most likely need some work and
time tuning if they have been neglected.. but if your like me more time than money you can read my web page on Setting Up and Refinishing Bench Planes
and in a few hours you should have a fine user plane close to taking shavings on par with most any plane.. Woodworks back in a 1800s did not have anything close to a Stanley and made fine furniture without the help of the Porsche's and Ferrari's of today..
If you have more money than time then I would say that
Lee Valley's Veritas line or Lie-Nielson Planes is the way to go
and you will need to do very little set up to either of these
planes before use other than learning to sharpen the blades..
A friend Bob Feeser wrote this four pages and gave me precision to use them..
Bob got tiered of answering the age old question what plane should I buy and wrote this long version another friend posted..
Hand Plane RefinishingThis section still needs to be updated but has some of my secrets of plane refinishing .. Make sure you read up on the 3M (Magic) De burring Wheel ..
Hand Plane Iron Set UpMany people call the Iron the blade and the Cap Iron a Chip Breaker but I prefer to use the old terms and a chip breaker does really break chips.
I have a nice shot set up tutorial on how to adjust the lateral adjuster to get a even cut across the length of the blade..
Hand Plane Tune UpI have few methods in this guide is use will help you get the best performance out of your planes.. Also make sure you read the David Charleworth article at the bottom .
I hope to adding a lot more content to the topic soon..
Bench Plane Type StudyThis section will let you figure out how Old is your Bailey Plane?
This is a guide, it was made after Stanley made the plane, it was not what Stanley used to make the planes.. There are Anomalies that have different features from two types on one plane, you could also have parts that were switched. So use it but all of these guides are not etched in stone..
Handle Repair This section cover how to repair broken or chipped plane handles. I have two methods one is using a 1/4" steel pin with some masking tape which I think works best to like up pieces and another which using a threaded rod that I need to change the rod to a 1/2" and try that with some masking tape as a shim..
Handle RefinishingThis section covers how to refinish you plane handles.. Shellac is the the best finish I know to have you beauty of the rosewood show through. You can then use lacquer on top of the shellac but you must make sure you used De-Waxed Shellac and not plain shellac..
My Hand Plane CollectionI have a few of the planes in my collection listed here. I mainly collect Type 15 Sweetheart's ..
What's Japanning ?Here is some recipes and links to other folks pages on how Japan you plane..
The Japanning is the black finish that looks a lot like paint.. I have listed a Motor Paint that looks just like the japanning Stanley used and is very durable and is my choice for refinishing if your just getting started. Its cheap and almost fool proof..
Hand Plane Makers ShopsThis page is brand new is is pictures of the shops of hand plane makers I admire.. Everyone enjoys images of peoples shops and since I inspire to be a plane makers I love seeing others shops and thought I would add a page.. I will be adding more soon..
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do..
Wooden Hand PlanesLots of people I know swear that wood planes cut much better than metal based planes.. I have not really had to time to do any tests but hope to some day. Also I am friendly with Steve Knight from Knight Tool Works and he will give you 10% off the price of his planes if you tell him you read it here..
Rust PreventionFew Methods on how to stop rust for occurring on you planes..
ElectrolysisThis is a method to remove rust no make that kill rust.. It really does not do the job I thought it would after reading about it but on planes where the rust keeps coming back or was rusted badly from the start then is the method I use to give me peace of mind..
What Hand Plane Should I Buy ? Answers as to what planes are best to buy for a new woodworking just starting down the road of using hand planes....
Sharpening I have a whole sub section devoted to sharpening hand plane Irons.