I have not been using many hand tools, yet. But with my woodworking moving on, I find more and more possible uses for them.
I mostly build furniture and small stuff for Friends and Family.
Especially for a quick chamfer on the edges of a board, a quick planing/smoothing etc, I want to get a couple of good tools.
After my research, I have come to LV/Veritas as my preferred make. This is mostly due to the small feats they add to their tools.
To start of, I want to get a block plane, so I ordered the two contenders:
1) Low Angle Bloch Plane (LABP)
+ fits good in the hand
+ nice heft
+ good amount of side-surface area for a possible shooting board use (since I have no other plane at the moment..)
+ wider blade
++ most versatile block plane (handles, totes available to make it into a tiny bench plane)
++ additional "chamfer guide" for 45° edges, which I might use a lot since I like the look of those
- not as nice to operate(adjustments) & hold as the DX60
++ impressive build quality
+ very comfortable to hold
+ adjustable mouth fully front covered & safety screw that keeps the mouth at distance from the blade
- no accessories (chamfer, handles)
- less side-surface area for shooting
I know, spoiled for choice!
My biggest trouble is that I can't seem to be able to decide.
So I think my main questions to you are:
- Would it make sense to keep both?
- Will I get "real-world-benefit" out of the LABP Accessory-Handles or will it be too small of a plane?
- Has anyone of you used the Veritas chamfer guide on the LABP? How does it handle?
I can see a potential benefit of having two planes, being able to set them up differently (blades, totes, guide).
Especially the possibilities with LABP.
But is this something one does in real life? Or am I just captured by the thought of it?
Maybe I also overestimate the "niceness" of the DX90 and might just get more use out of the LABP?
Thank you for any input to help me make a choice!