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Harbor Freight No 33 Bench Plane review and tuneup

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Blog entry by Marty Backe posted 02-03-2016 04:50 PM 1957 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was in Harbor Freight the other day and I came across their No 33 bench plane, whatever that is. But for $10 I thought, “what the hell, let’s see what can be done with it”. In this video I unbox it and then proceed to tune it up. About 2 hours later (spread over a couple of days) I had a plane that could take whisper thin shavings.

It won’t be replacing my nicer planes, but I’ll be keeping it to plane the edges of plywood, MDF, etc., stuff I don’t want to abuse my nicer planes with.



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Arcola60

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#1 posted 02-03-2016 07:17 PM

Thanks Marty. I bought one a few years back. I did the same thing that you did. It works. Not high end, but it will work. Thanks for all of your videos, great work.

Ellery Becnel

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#2 posted 02-03-2016 08:23 PM

Thank you for this video. I am more than willing to spend a little time tuning up a plane, and if I can get one for $10.00, why not? It won’t replace my no. 8 jointer, but as you said, it’s good enough for the rougher jobs. Thanks again.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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StumpyNubs

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#3 posted 02-04-2016 03:14 AM

I bought one of these a few years back and we made a couple of videos about transforming it into a scrub plane. All it took was opening the mouth a little bit more and grinding a radius on the blade. It works very well for that purpose. Whenever I need to take off a lot of wood by hand, fast, I reach for that sucker- even more than I do my traditional Stanley #40.

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Marty Backe

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#4 posted 02-04-2016 03:20 AM

Yes, I saw that review. My approach was to tune it to take very fine shavings for more discriminating work. This plane can be made to do whatever kind of work you need from it.


I bought one of these a few years back and we made a couple of videos about transforming it into a scrub plane. All it took was opening the mouth a little bit more and grinding a radius on the blade. It works very well for that purpose. Whenever I need to take off a lot of wood by hand, fast, I reach for that sucker- even more than I do my traditional Stanley #40.

- StumpyNubs


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#5 posted 02-04-2016 08:49 AM

Pretty cool. Congrats on purchase…. glad its working

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 02-04-2016 12:16 PM

Thnx for your review and video Marty

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#7 posted 02-05-2016 02:53 AM

Excellent vide, thank you

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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