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Subject:
The Virtue
Response To:
Maguire ()

david weaver
And one of the reasons I'm so insistent on this, though I drone on and on about how much better it is for dimensioning (as are wooden planes for the rough and middle work) isn't really it.

It's the fact that when I started, you sort of got a couple of good planes, and then it was like collecting weapons and armor on diablo after that. You have to level up to handle the next difficult thing. Want to plane curly maple? Buy a high angle plane or a bevel up plane (I tried both). Want to plane something really hard, need "new whiz bang" iron of this or that type so that you can handle it.

I'm not bitter about having spent that money, I'm entertained by trying things. But I often saw comments from people who really didn't want to spend the money there, and the right answer would've been (at the time), you probably don't really need anything else. "A brese plane will work through more difficult material than a stanley". Probably not. A beginner will be able to use it better if they follow a decent paint by number sharpening scheme, but otherwise, both will do about the same thing in a medium hardwood (but the stanley will drop back and do heavier work, too).

The real virtue for every other person who just wants to work wood is that you can have a jack/fore, try/jointer and a smoother and do anything you need to. If the planes have 1970s stanley irons (the softest I've come by), you can still work everything with them.

You can still get (or make) all of those nice tools, but you don't have to.

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