Beginning Woodworker Just Starting Out #8: Belated X-mas tools

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Blog entry by Jimi_C posted 12-27-2010 05:45 AM 1218 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Got home a little while ago with gifts from my in-laws – Christmas was belated this year as my wife is a nurse and had to work last night, so we went over to her parents house tonight. The tools I’m really excited about are the two new Lee Valley/Veritas plane blades I got. The #8 I bought had a blade that was extremely pitted and pretty much un-salvageable, so I put a 2 5/8” A2 blade on my list alone with a 2” for the cheapo #4 I have (on the premise that I’ll get a vintage #4 at some point down the line).

All I can say is wow – they’ll need some honing out of the box, but just putting them in my planes and going over some boards the planes perform a thousand times better. After touching them up and using them for a while, I’ll definitely post a review. Shame that you don’t really hear much about their blades, as they are very competitively priced with Hock and much cheaper than the newer Pinnacle blades.

Also got the 16tpi crosscut saw, which should work great for dovetailing. The proper dovetail saw they offer is 14tpi, but I don’t think that will make too huge a difference. It really is a beautiful saw – even my wife commented on it. I also got the 1:8 and 1:6 markers, so it looks like I’ll have to start making things with more hand cut dovetails :)

Finally, got the angle cube Rockler sells, which I’m also very excited about. It’s nice checking things with squares, but the cube should make it so much easier. I’m looking forward to using it for miters to get the angles perfect.

Merry Christmas!

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 07:45 AM

Pictures, pictures, pictures! :-(

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 12-27-2010 11:32 AM

Angle cube or bevel box… a godsend…makes life so much easier…

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#3 posted 12-27-2010 06:30 PM

I’ll post pictures if/when I review the items, otherwise they’d just be links to the Lee Valley site.

Got to use the saw some last night, and after adjusting to it I also say wow – after using my cheapo Shark pull saw for cutting dovetails, the Veritas crosscut saw just blasts through the wood (testing on white oak too). 5-6 strokes and you’re at the marking gauge line, whereas with the Shark it was more like 30, which is something like 21tpi with almost no set since it’s also a flush cut saw. The reinforcement on the Veritas really allows you to take aggressive cuts without fear of binding the blade – another major downside to the Shark.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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