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Stanley Sweetheart 12-137 No. 62 Low angle Jack plane

Stanley Sweetheart 12-137 No. 62 Low angle Jack plane

03-04-2014 08:00 AM by Gerry | 16 comments »

Unbelievable! This is my first experience with a “reputed to be” a premium level wood plane. I am what one might call a “Hybrid” woodworker, and find myself using hand tools more and more. In using a very old Stanley No. 4 Smoother with my shooting board, even thought it works OK when well sharpened, I’ve not been entirely happy with the way it feels when cutting, nor with the results. Recently, Fine Woodworking put up a video about low angle bevel up jack planes by Garret Hack. H...

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Groz Smoother #4 Plane

Groz Smoother #4 Plane

06-26-2010 06:06 PM by Gerry | 10 comments »

The Good: 1. The plane has all the parts needed, and the sole was relatively flat to start. From there, the tool began to fall short. The Bad: 1. The frog surface was not flat. 2. the blade-breaker combination was not easy to align, 3. The rear handle was loose, and 4 cleaning all the grease off the tool was time consuming, but expected. Here is the detail of my experience, and what I did to correct the tool and make it quite usable: I have a Stanley block plane and an older Stanley Bai...

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