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There’s something about a handplane that makes you feel like a craftsman.  In that spirit, I was moved to pick up this Footprint 220B “professional” block plane when I saw it at Sears this week for $25, and I’ve had good experiences with it since.  (It’s available from a number of other sources at a similar price — like the Amazon link below — but I just happened to be wandering around Sears.  I’m sure you’ll understand.) 

It’s got a low 21˚ blade angle, thumb and finger grooves on the side, and (of course) a wooden knob.  What’s your favorite (not overly-high-priced) plane?

Footprint Hand Plane [Sears]
Via Amazon [What’s this?]

 

4 Responses to The Footprint 220B Professional Block Plane

  1. l_bilyk says:

    I would just look at an older stanley on ebay. This thing doesn’t have a throat adjustment – a very useful feature.

  2. Lorenzo says:

    Just an aside, but I hate wandering through Sears, or Lowe’s, or HD… I inevitably will buy something.

    Nice plane!

  3. James says:

    You think that’s cheap? I bought a block plane for $4.50 at Busy Bee:

    http://busybeetools.ca/cgi-bin/picture10?NTITEM=BP135

    Sure, it’s not a Lie-Nielson, but after tuning it up, it cuts fine.

    They also have a jack plane on sale for $33 right now. I’m actually heading over there today to get one.

  4. Michael W. says:

    For $25 it appears decent. I recently picked up a Stanley 12-920 – Bailey® Block Plane for use on job sites. It was about $10 more, but it did come with an adjustable throat.

    http://preview.tinyurl.com/29o7s4

    I don’t usually need an adjustable throat when I’m using it on job sites, but the Baileys are a little nicer than the standard Stanley (which seem very similar to what you got).

    Inexpensive planes can be nice with a little work. I prefer relatively inexpensive ones that don’t need too much tuning. Some of the crappy (can I say that?) cheap ones (think India or China) need major work before their soles are flat and true. I charge about $35 an hour so unless a plane is an antique, or really expensive, it’s not worth my time to fool too much with it. The Bailey didn’t require anything, but minor adjustments, to get it up and running.

    If you’re planning difficult wood, try planing with the plane cocked about 45 degrees to the direction you’re cutting (blade still parallel to the wood of course). It’s an old trick, but a good one.

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