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Old dog......about to learn new tricks. #2: The BUS has arrived

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Blog entry by cajunpen posted 12-02-2007 02:19 AM 4007 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It took awhile to get here – but the BUS has finally arrived and what a smooth ride!
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I found a piece of scrap Rosewood that had some burn marks on it and was just really rough. I don’t know if this photo will show enough detail.
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I made a few passes and the results were incredible – right out of the box, no honing or sharpening – the finish is as smooth as glass. I don’t think that it is quite good enough for a finish, but this was only after a couple of light passes. It won’t take much more before I could apply a finish and have an incredibly smooth piece.
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I am by no means an expert when it comes to hand planes, but if this plane is an example of how a good plane works – I am a believer. I have a few other planes and they all perform pretty well, but the Veratas BUS takes it to a whole new level. Anybody thinking about taking the plunge on this plane – I highly recommend it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/



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Karson

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#1 posted 12-02-2007 02:26 AM

Great show Bill. A nice “BUS”

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 12-02-2007 02:43 AM

It looks pretty impressive.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Harold

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#3 posted 12-02-2007 02:44 AM

I love the weight of the lee valley planes. I have a bevel up jointer w/fence that has a home right under my bench

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 12-02-2007 02:50 AM

Who was it that had the chin rag last over the BUS? Please pass it over. And Bill, thanks for the PM, I was almost as anxious as you for you to lay hands on this beauty. Now, do you have a medium shoulder plane yet? That was my first and only “new out of the box” plane. Really recommended.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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cajunpen

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#5 posted 12-02-2007 05:46 AM

Douglas, this is my first new plane. I have a Stanley Block Plane, Stanley Low Angle Block, Stanley #5 and now the BUS. If the BUS is a good representation of how a good plane performs – I can see what all of the fuss is about. I think now I am going to work hard to get my other 3 Stanley planes in top notch shape. I also got the Veritas Mk.II Honing Guide and a set of water stones, so I guess it’s just a matter of practicing and getting things sharpened correctly.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 12-02-2007 08:51 AM

Bill can you shoot with it? I wondered about the coffin shape…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Popintraining

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#7 posted 12-02-2007 01:16 PM

Look at those shavings! to bad we can’t eat them!

-- Illegitimis nil carborundum - Don't let the bastards grind you down http://georgiacustom.com

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CharlieM1958

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#8 posted 12-02-2007 04:01 PM

Now if I can just bring myself to spend that much on a toll that doesn’t have a motor in it….

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 12-02-2007 06:37 PM

Yeah Charlie, with the need for a new router coming down the pike, I have to live vicariously through Bill’s experiences. I’ll keep rehabbing those golden oldies.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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mot

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#10 posted 12-02-2007 07:19 PM

I’ve read wonderful things about this plane. I hope that it ends up in my stocking this Christmas. Thanks for the blog!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Thos. Angle

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#11 posted 12-04-2007 03:08 PM

Ahhh, Bill, you’re hooked now!! Congrats on the new plane. It sounds like it was worth the wait. It’s like I tell my clients; you’ll enjoy it a lot longer than you waited on it.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Dorje

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#12 posted 12-05-2007 06:47 AM

Again – way to go! i’m as curious as Douglas is about the shooting capability…looks like the nose wraps around and sits a bit proud of the sides…true?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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cajunpen

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#13 posted 12-12-2007 10:19 AM

Douglas and Dorje – you are correct, the nose does wrap around and stands just about 1/16 proud of the body. I don’t care about that though – I just sharpened it for the first time and I’m going to try it out tomorrow. I have surely been impressed with this plane though, it leaves a glass smooth finish on the wood.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Douglas Bordner

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#14 posted 12-12-2007 04:25 PM

Bill, I decided to actually read the copy in the Veritas catalogue. Doh! The low angle jack and smoother would be okay for shooting, but I admit that BUS is pretty darned cool. Not having much luck with finding a cheap enough #4 1/2. Might have to save up for a spanking new plane, if I find I really need one. I think a new Triton router comes first in the queue though. The old PC horse and a half is pretty beat up after nearly ten years… and having more power would be a treat.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Dorje

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#15 posted 12-13-2007 10:16 AM

Bill – after honing the blade, should be glassier yet!

How did it go? What did you plane?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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