|Review by HorizontalMike||posted 12-31-2010 08:42 PM||12078 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
In the process of building my first “major” WW project, a 21st Century Workbench, I found the need for acquiring a shoulder/rabbet plane to help clean up the shoulders on my dovetail cuts. I had already grunted through making my tenons via a single blade of my TS (precise but way too many cuts to clear the excess wood).
Off I went to my local WC to shop for a shoulder plane. This #92 was offered up by the salesperson as the one they personally used the most and from prior dealings with this person, I trusted their judgment. After forking over requisite $135 (product + tax) I headed for home to hone the blade and try this baby out.
When I got home and started disassembling the plane, I started noticing things. The stock blade ended up being 0.0160” TOO WIDE, as in that much wider than the body (body came out = 0.7515” and and the blade +0.7675”). You can actually see the blade sticking out the side of the plane in the attached picture. While this distance may seem small when just looking at the number, I can assure you that this interferes with getting a flat shoulder on one side of the plane while in use. I will have to grind the blade to make it narrow enough to match the plane body. The blade itself, also had a really bad stock grind on it, as both corners were rounded over requiring much more work to reset a clean angle prior to honing. I was partially warned of this by the salesperson but didn’t fully understand just how bad the grind was until getting home and putting it to stone. When one is sharpening by hand, this adds up. As a matter of fact I am still working on the blade.
I also noticed that the adjusting screws were of inferior quality. These screws, particularly the slots, are about the poorest I have seen. They have been slotted manually by a hacksaw prior to being chromed. The smaller slot is off-centered and is barely deep enough for a slotted screwdriver to use without destroying the slot. The larger slot was not evenly cut. I will probably go to the local “Fasteners” store and try and replace these screws/bolts. Don’t know if they are metric or SAE at this point.
Bottom Line—The extra $40 or so that it would have cost me for a Veritas is looking like a missed bargain at this point because of all the extra work and time that will be required to “fix” this UK-Stanley #92 Rabbet/Trim Plane.
I will make this plane work. By the time I make all the needed adjustments I am sure this #92 plane will be well used in my shop. LESSON LEARNED—I will most definitely look much closer at “higher quality” items in the future when shopping for tools. Bargains are NOT always what they are promoted as.
-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."