Does Love for Planes Trump Cost? (Plus Lovable Projects)
Issue: Issue 345
Posted Date: 2/11/2014
The woodworkers commenting on Ernie Conover's blog post, "The High Cost of Good Hand Tools," both on the blog and on Facebook, had their own thoughts about the price of hand planes -- and how much they would pay for them. - Editor
"[I purchased] a Stanley/Bailey No. 5 for 35 British pounds 20 years ago. Would be happy (well, not happy, but would) to pay 70 to 80 pounds now!" - Davie W.
"I love hand planes. Unfortunately good hand planes cost a lot, and I don't earn enough to buy the ones I want." - Kieran S.
"I tend to assume that costs are always going down, but I guess that’s not the case in every situation." - Eric
"Consider that many a woodworker has a collection of a few treasured tools, placed in prominent display in a shop or a living room. Does he increase the cost of well-made tools by paying what may appear to be inflated prices? Isn’t this a case of too few tools chased by too many dollars? Generally, a manufacturer will sell at the highest price given the pace of production. When inventory is falling, he would raise his prices. And since he is limited in production, the demand for well-made tool will increase. On the opposite side of the coin, manufacturers need a market, and the collector makes up a part of this market, making it possible for all craftsmen needing the tool to benefit." - Mike
Projects You Love
And, in light of the appearance of Valentine's Day on the calendar this week, at least one woodworker shared with us the project he's built that he loves the most. - Editor
"A chest, very simple, one of the first things I did. My mother painted scenery on the sides of it. I used a Sawzall®, a drill, and a buzzing sander, and not much else. Just made from store-bought 2x's and dowel rods." - Dan V.
How about the rest of you? Have you ever built a project that you fell in love with? - Editor