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Great First Bench Stone

Great First Bench Stone

327 days ago by RaggedKerf | 2 comments »

Picture 1: the back of the stone—-after I had used it the mineral oil/swarf turned teh stone darker. The backside (minus the little “stain” on the left”) is what the front of the stone looked like before I used it. Picture 2: the case. Picture 3: the front of the stone after it had been wiped down after the first use was definitely darker than it was before use. Did not expect that. So I bought this (my first oilstone) earlier this week and used it for the f...

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Now THIS is a Nice Ash plane!

Now THIS is a Nice Ash plane!

463 days ago by RaggedKerf | 11 comments »

There is just something about wooden hand planes that makes you want to pick one up. I think for me, it’s the warmth of the wood—-the tactile sensation of the wooden plane body compared to the cold steel of a modern plane. I have admired many wooden planes from afar, but no longer! I recently received this little gem to review (the gnomon is 6”): The new Nice Ash Block Plane, from Nice Ash Planes. For this review, I’ll be focusing on four key points to delive...

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Amazing Plane for the Price

Amazing Plane for the Price

475 days ago by RaggedKerf | 13 comments »

Okay, I know there are an awful lot of you guys out there that sport the Lie-Nielsen and Veritas hand planes (drool) but I just cannot swing the budget that high right now. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t have quality! I just picked up a brand new WoodRiver #5 (V3) and this jack is sweeeeeeet. It’s replacing the #4 Groz smoother (hissss) that I got last year. I spent hours and hours rehabbing the brand new Groz to get it to the point where I could plane pine (of a...

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