I have a weakness for block planes. They are the two seater sports cars of the hand plane world – quick, nimble, and fun to handle. Heck, from the classic lines of Stanley Excelsiors 130 years ago to the high performance Veritas planes of today, they even look fast. (Both shown below)
I have a sizeable collection of block planes that includes some of the rarest and most beautiful ever made. Those, of course, are now relegated to display, as their value precludes risking damage in use. But the vast majority in my collection are sharp and ready to use, and I do exercise each of them periodically when I’m working on a project. This helps keep them in working order, and it just makes me feel good.
Still, over time I’ve found myself unconsciously reaching for the same couple of planes whenever the need arises. If I were forced…
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