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Offline ChuckM

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Bevel-up #1 Plane
« on: October 31, 2020, 12:16 PM »
https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/tools/hand-tools/planes/bench/111077-veritas-bevel-up-number-1-plane

For those of you who own or have used a #1 plane (say, Stanley), what are the justifications/ applications for getting a #1 plane if one already has a block plane (with an adjustable mouth)?

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Offline mkasdin

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Re: Bevel-up #1 Plane
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2020, 03:02 PM »
That plane looks very nice. I think if you like collecting planes then that’s a nice one. The large handle would give you a lot of stability, I would probably only use that for furniture making, so I don’t have a need for a $250 plane. My current plane is a $10 Stanley, it’s half the size of that plane... you get what you pay for.

Offline ear3

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Re: Bevel-up #1 Plane
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2020, 03:12 PM »
Since I don't own a #1 I don't have an answer other than a theoretical observation that the handle position allows you to control the cut better and keep the iron at all times in contact with the wood.

That's certainly a lot more handle space than that allotted for a normal bevel down #1 -- speaking of which, has Lie Nielsen stopped production on their #1 (and the #2, jack rabbet, and skew block planes for that matter)?  They don't show up anymore on the website.  I know that they ramped down production due to Covid, but didn't realize they might also be ending production entirely on certain tools.
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Offline neilc

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Re: Bevel-up #1 Plane
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2020, 06:40 PM »
I have a Lie-Nielsen #1.  It’s a nice plane and comfortable for extended planing on smaller pieces.   

Offline derekcohen

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Re: Bevel-up #1 Plane
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2020, 08:07 PM »
https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/tools/hand-tools/planes/bench/111077-veritas-bevel-up-number-1-plane

For those of you who own or have used a #1 plane (say, Stanley), what are the justifications/ applications for getting a #1 plane if one already has a block plane (with an adjustable mouth)?

One major difference here us that this BU plane is designed to be held and used. The Stanley/LN #1 is not. The latter is used by some, but it cannot be comfortable.

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Offline jcrowe1950

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Re: Bevel-up #1 Plane
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2020, 10:25 PM »
That plane looks very nice. I think if you like collecting planes then that’s a nice one. The large handle would give you a lot of stability, I would probably only use that for furniture making, so I don’t have a need for a $250 plane. My current plane is a $10 Stanley, it’s half the size of that plane... you get what you pay for.

   The Veritas #1 is a bevel up version of a bench plane. Wood River, at least and probably some other companies, makes a Stanley style bevel down #1. It's cute, but I don't think I'd ever recommend it for a first or even fifth hand plane. The bevel up planes do offer the capability of changing bevel angles by changing blades....but frankly that's more of a marketing advantage than a practical one. If you really want to get into useful hand planes, what I'd recommend is a block plane first, either a 5 1/2 or a 6 second and probably a 4 or 4 1/2 third. Here's my reasoning. The block plane is easy to master and a great plane for many uses and to get both your sharpening chops up and get your planing skills going. The 5 1/2 or 6 are planes that can both offer jointing and smoothing capabilities. The #4 and 4 1/2 are made for smoothing and will give a flawless finish that sanding will never equal. Hope this helps....too bad Festool will never make a hand plane.....
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