|Review by DylanC||posted 10-26-2011 02:22 AM||3571 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
From the Stanley Website:
- Ideal for planing end grain and plastic materials
- 12-920 block plane has a fully adjustable cutter resting at 21°
- Gray, cast-iron base with precision-ground sides and bottom
- Finger grips machined into sides make single-handed use easy
- Hardened, tempered steel gives precision-ground cutter edge durability
- Cutter adjusts for depth and alignment, offering precise control
- Durable epoxy coating for long-lasting protection
- Quick-release cam-lock makes iron removal easy
I picked up this block plane at a local big-box retailer for $25 on-sale. It came with a canvas-type holster to either store it on your belt on in the toolbox. The “precision-ground” sides and bottom were flat enough out-of-the-box, but needed quite a bit of work to remove the deep marks left by the factory grinding. The adjustments seem pretty standard, but the locking lever doesn’t feel like it is really sturdy.
As I’m just a beginning woodworker and this is my first plane, I haven’t sharpened it yet. But I have given it a go on some scraps laying around the shop. I’m not sure that I’m qualified to rate the plane’s performance, but it seemed to work well enough for a factory edge.
As the title of the review says, it’s worth the $25 I paid for it, but I doubt it will stand up to a lifetime of use or meet the quality standards of more discerning woodworkers.
-- Dylan C ...Seems like all ever I make is sawdust...