Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 22

Thread: Wondering about my block plane setup

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Lubbock, Tx
    Posts
    841

    Wondering about my block plane setup

    My one current block plane is a Lie Nielsen 102 - the small one with the fixed mouth. I like it but the mouth is very tight. Iíve been wondering for a while whether getting an adjustable mouth one would be useful enough for me.

    thoughts?

  2. #2
    I've got the same plane and same concerns with it Tony. I find that if I keep the 102 very sharp, the fixed mouth works well enough to justify keeping it. (I really love its size.) But I keep eyeballing an LV DX60 adjustable block....

    Should be interesting to hear others' experiences here.
    Last edited by Frederick Skelly; 04-14-2018 at 8:35 PM.
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
    - Sir Edmund Burke

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Longview WA
    Posts
    17,928
    Blog Entries
    1
    For me the adjustable mouth works best when rounding over edges or faring curves.

    My adjustable mouth planes are all #60 or #65 type planes.

    My Stanley #102 doesn't get a whole lot of work.

    jtk
    "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
    - Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  4. #4
    I have the 102, 103 and the Veritas planes. I use the 102 / 103 most often, but the larger adjustable mouth planes have their place too. I definitely like having both kinds. In fact, I am guilty of having too many block planes.

  5. #5
    In fact, I am guilty of having too many block planes
    Oh my..You can have too many?

  6. #6
    I have the 102 from LN to the DX60....... and others.

    I use the 102 for trimming cuts as it excels at it and it's small body. I would suggest another low angle block plane as it is more useful for smaller stock. I would recommend the LV low angle block plane
    partly due to the tooth blade and the accessories that comes with it.

    That said. My primary plane is now a Luban Low Angle block plane. The quality is very close to a LV.
    For the Luban the body is made of CR40 which is more resistant to rust. And Malaysia is more humid.

    I also own the DX 60 plane. But it is more of a show piece nowadays. Does it do better than the other block planes? Ergonomically yes. But the cuts are still the same.

    One can collect too many planes. Just aim what u need it for. From low angle to std angle and etc.
    Last edited by john zulu; 04-15-2018 at 11:28 AM.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    North Virginia
    Posts
    268
    I have several block planes as well. My last purchase was a Veritas L.A. block plane, which I purchased with the chamfer guide - this plane is now a dedicated chamfer shooter. My main block plane is a LN Rabbet Block Plane - which is a fantastic tool for trimming work. It can get right up into the nooks and crannies of edges. I still lust after the LN Skew Block Plane (which is based on the Stanley 140) - it looks to be a real workhorse with the bronze body...

    So many planes, so little time...

    TedP

  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Phillips View Post
    My main block plane is a LN Rabbet Block Plane - which is a fantastic tool for trimming work. It can get right up into the nooks and crannies of edges.
    I have that one and like it too Ted. (Not everyone does, but it works well for what I do. )
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
    - Sir Edmund Burke

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    Itapevi, SP - Brazil
    Posts
    226
    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Wilkins View Post
    My one current block plane is a Lie Nielsen 102 - the small one with the fixed mouth. I like it but the mouth is very tight. Iíve been wondering for a while whether getting an adjustable mouth one would be useful enough for me.

    thoughts?
    I was at a dilema deciding what block plane model to go... I went to Lie Nilsen 60 1/2 after to consider all variables that occurred me. I am plenty satisfied. Really.

    I do not have experiences with other LN block plane models as my other block plane is a Stanley USD 10 model... BTW after appropriately sharp the blade, it is not so bad!

    All the best.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Perth, Australia
    Posts
    5,652
    For those interested, I wrote a comparison of these planes as part of a review of the Veritas NX/DX60 ..



    http://www.inthewoodshop.com/ToolRev...lockPlane.html

    I like the LN 60 1/2 in the hand. Very comfortable. However, it is not easy to adjust the blade, which one becomes aware of after using a NX/DX, which are superior for their ergonomics and blades. I also like the LN #103, and like its larger sibling, I've had these block planes since forever. The #103 comes with a large mouth, and I closed this up with brass shim stock.

    Tony, if you find the mouth on the #102 too tight, you can file it open a snitch. Lay blade tape across the mouth where you do not wish to file, and file to the edge of the tape.

    All these block planes are wonderful users. It is possible to point out preferences, but drawing distinctions between them is analytical rather than practical. I'd be happy to use any one, and have it as the only one.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    twomiles from the "peak of Ohio
    Posts
    6,709
    Too many block planes??? Nah...just got a second low angle one the other day..all cleaned up and sharpened, now..
    side view.jpgtop view.jpg
    Second one? Well..
    two planes.jpg
    Here is the first one...along with it's original box.
    twin sides.jpgtwins.jpg
    Goes with the 8 other block planes I have...

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Dickinson, Texas
    Posts
    5,522
    I agree with Derek, I have filed the blade slots in hand planes when required. I wasn't smart enough to use tape to mark the new slot,
    but I will next time.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Michiana
    Posts
    977
    I wish my LN #102 had a tighter mouth. I was surprised how open it was when I got it, so much so that I called LN and asked them about it. That said, it works very well for what I use it for (mostly trimming, chamfering, etc.) It still peels up a very fine shaving. My other three blocks (LN #60 1/2, Stanley #18, Stanley #65) are all adjustable mouth.
    It's wood dust. Saw dust would suggest a problem.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Perth, Australia
    Posts
    5,652
    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Luter View Post
    I wish my LN #102 had a tighter mouth...
    Rob, I used brass shim stock on my #103. Add layers until you get the mouth size you want. A little epoxy to hold in place ...







    Regards from Perth

    Derek

  15. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Cohen View Post
    Rob, I used brass shim stock on my #103. Add layers until you get the mouth size you want. A little epoxy to hold in place ...







    Regards from Perth

    Derek
    Why are there pencil marks at the sole? Some new technique?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •