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Hand Tools #1: The cheapest Block Plane I ever bought, brand new.

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Blog entry by Tony Slattery posted 03-30-2018 06:23 AM 1624 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the block plane that I bought from my local Mitre 10 hardware store. It only cost $10 in the bargain bin, so no great expectations.

I am hoping to get it tuned up and sharpen the blade as best I can, and hopefully it will be worthwhile. At the very least, I will have learned something about block planes.

On that note, let me say that although I have been involved in woodworking and making things over the years, I am by no means an expert in all things woodworking.

The card says it is made in India to Workforce Australia and New Zealand standards. There is a website medalist.com.au, so I went to have a look.

Turns out it has has nothing to do with tools of any kind or description, instead it features active wear. What is active wear, you may ask, and what does it have to do with woodworking hand tools? Nothing at all, it seems, perhaps the website has been bought by another company.

This may be one of the reasons it is so cheap – the company that made them, or at least marketed them, has gone bust. So it’s not likely that there are too many woodworking hand tool on the market under this name.

Anyway, this is a closeup of the plastic adjusting wheel.

I was concerned that the thread would also be plastic, but not to worry, it is actually a metal bolt encased in plastic, more than likely a metric thread, and should it break, I should be able to replace it.

Right now, it’s suppertime, so more on this later.

-- Tony, Australia, http://www.wooden-toy-plans.com/



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#1 posted 03-30-2018 11:09 AM

Good for you, Tony. I have a similar block plane that I picked up about 10 years ago from Big Lots. After a bit of tweaking it works just fine. I use it mostly on thin stock, but use  it, nonetheless. Just goes to show you that a decent tool doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. If a tool is square where it needs to be, sharp as it needs to be, and one knows how  to use it … the battle is all but won!

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#2 posted 03-30-2018 10:49 PM

Quite right what Ron says. With a bit of tweaking and polishing, it can be a decent tool. Solid enough as long as I don’t drop it like I did with my Stanley smoothing plane. Funny thing about cast iron being so brittle.

-- Tony, Australia, http://www.wooden-toy-plans.com/

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#3 posted 03-31-2018 08:20 PM

I am more impressed with the success stories of having improved the function of an inexpensive tool, than I am with the ostentatious tales of how much someone spent buying a similar tool.

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