I have not done well with planes. Yeah, I could make one make shavings but quality control was putrid. I only used a plane when I wanted to hack some wood down and then finish with a belt sander or whatever,
I have a couple WWII Stanley planes. I took some time and worked at truing the sole. I read several, "How To" articles. I sharpened the blade on my WorkSharp 3000 (I don't know why anyone would buy a model 2000. It requires the sharpening gene and the 3000 does not.).
Anyway I have been using the "Jack" plane and by-golly I can curl up some beautiful shavings.
I have been planning on purchasing a Veritas or Neilson plane at the Woodworking Show on May 4th. Now I am wondering if a more sophisticated plane will help this rank amature or am I just trying to buy my way to even better work.
The plane I have is a Stanley and has a heart just below the Stanley name. The heart contains "SW." I don't know how to do it or ??? But I have the blade adjusted as far as it will go. This gives me fine shavings. I don't see any way to set the blade to put the "adjustment" in the middle of the travel of the adjusting knob. The blade is plenty long. However, when I get it set with 1/16" of the blade exposed, I can't make the adjustment slot be in the desired position.
I am sure that the above sounds like, "If I put the gizmo next to the whatcha call it and tighten the thingie I don't get a good set-up." to someone who knows planes.
Should I keep fussing with this old plane or should I get something more sophisticated?
Oh, the plane is 13 and a fraction inches long.