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Review by moshel posted 1412 days ago 2783 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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At last, something you guys in the US can’t get!

Over the NZLJ milling weekend, grimt showed me a plane he purchased some time ago that was refurbished by Philip Marcou. I was most impressed with the plane but it seems that Philip stopped selling them. As you do (or don’t) know, Philip Marcou is one of the top high end plane makers in the world (read the reviews on his site). His planes are beautiful, and probably an experience to use, and just from watching the pictures you want to hug them and cuddle them when you go to sleep.

I decided to ask him if he is still doing it, and hurrey! he had a 4 1/2 (which is what I needed). Apparently he stopped making them because his regular planes are selling well (his regular planes are beyond my budget – 1000-2000$).

The package arrived and in it lay the Stanley (UK) 4 1/2. first impressions where how smooth everything was. the wood parts were finished to perfection

The timber is Affrormosia wood from Zimbabwe.

the sole was satin mirror finish, and so were the sides. he uses a surface grinder for this – you just can’t beat this for flatness.

The blade was cambered and honed. the blade itself was also very flat and smooth. so, out of the box, i could use it right away!!!! such joy!

The 4 1/2 is heavier than the 4 and wider, giving more control and you can skew the plane and still get reasonable width.

the adjustment is very precise – almost no slack in the knob – he milled the knob himself.

This is a piece of Rimu with tool marks on it:

this is the same piece after 30 seconds of planing:

and here are some nude shavings posing for the camera:

All and all, a pleasure to use. I have used it so far to plane my tiny japanese grease box (I would never think on doing this with my old #4), a cheese board and generally every piece of timber in my shop.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...




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#1 posted 1412 days ago

Wonderful story wonderful buy.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 1411 days ago

I’m a firm believer that some of the best planes are old Stanleys that have been tuned up. Here is another example of that. Great…lucky you.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#3 posted 1411 days ago

Drool City, it a beauty of a plane, lucky you. Enjoy and thanks for posting…BC

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#4 posted 1411 days ago

Glad you managed to get the 4.5 Moshe. Welcome to the PM club! I put a hock blade in mine and it now cuts even better though looking at the shavings in your pictures yours looks just fine with the Stanley blade.

Mr marcou is indeed a fine fettler.

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#5 posted 1411 days ago

i have a smooth plane and just can’t seem to get shavings like what you displaying there ..i envy you

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#6 posted 1411 days ago

dub560, i can’t seem to put my finger on what makes this such a great plane – probably the overall tuneup.
I worked for hours (hours? days!) on my old #5 and never got it to work well. I now accept that there are people that just knows much more than me about planes.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#7 posted 1410 days ago

BTW, if anyone wants to buy a genuine Marcou plane, he will be in the Popular Woodworking show in Cincinnati later this month. Bring your Cheque books!

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#8 posted 1410 days ago

grimt, you can also post a review about your plane. I must admit the timber on yours is even prettier than mine. BTW, do you have a list of weird words you pick from? (I used to have such a list – must find it).

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#9 posted 1408 days ago

Philip just sent me a link to more pictures of his refurb planes http://picasaweb.google.com/philipmarcou/StanleyTypeRefurbishedPlanes#5357140769661252098

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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