|Review by JBoss||posted 06-21-2010 01:33 AM||5465 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
I had a tough time trying to figure out what rating to give this thing. Half way through truing the sole I was thinking 1 star was way too much, but when finished it makes great cuts.
1. Cheap. Twenty bucks won’t put a down payment on a Veritas or Lie-Nielson, but it let me walk out of the box store with this guy.
2. When tuned up it makes great shavings. Cuts like a dream through everything but end grain so far, the 25 degree bevel is not steep enough to handle end grain well or anything really tricky. Overall though I think any block plane, regardless of price, would have a hard time besting it on standard planning.
1. That sole, oh that horrible, horrible sole. When I held it up to the light, I could see the warp without a straight edge to reference. Not only that, but the sole was out of square with the side by about 2 degrees. After two hours of work, carefully draw filing and sanding, I could still slide a .009” feeler gauge under the right hand side. All said and done, it took about 4 hrs and 10 dollars worth of sand paper to square it to the sides and flatten this thing. I am really wishing at this point I would have just taken it to work and used the surface grinder. To be honest, I’m not even sure how they got the sole that warped.
2. Adjustments. Even once tuned up and sharpened the adjustments on this thing leave a lot to be desired. It will not push out or retract straight, and will need a little bit of hammer love to get it even across the mouth.
When all is said and done I think it barely deserves three stars, had it even been thirty dollars I think it would have been a two star tool. However, at twenty dollars I have a block plane that will shave great, thin, full length shavings. I think that deserves at least three, even if I had to spend the time to get it that way.