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Review by Andrew posted 01-07-2012 09:05 PM 4405 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Christmas present that keeps on shaving. My wife suprised me while making me decide what plane to get. A devious plan at the least, but she pulled it off. I helped a friend decide on this plane as the most versatile over the Lie Nielsen skew block plane. The major factor was the adjustable mouth. I opted for the 01 blade, usually suggested by hand tool gurus for low angle instruments.
And now for the review… The fit and finish are far above any tool I have previously owned, the sole is fairly shiny, and dead flat ( out of the box!). The instructions are elaborate, there are set screws that need adjusting too keep the blade from wandering side to side, very easy to adjust, but it is important not to tighten or snug them, they are only there to guide the blade. The depth adjustment is very precise, and contains maybe 1/10th turn “slop”, if that. The locking wheel, that keeps pressure on the blade after adjustment, the instructions are very specific, not to over tighten this, it could distort the sole, but works very well. The adustable mout is easy to adjust, and includes another set screw that can be set to prevent the mouth from closing into the edge of the blade, ingenious! The fence, is very easy to adjust and install. The scoringr wheel that is to score the wood ahead of the blade for cross grain cuts, is very adjustable, both up down, and in and out, so it can be set to precisely the blades edge. The blade, came quite sharp, and only required a little honeing, I took it to 8000 grit, and all this required starting at the fine stone, then 4000, then 8000, in just minutes. It is great to own a tool of the quality and innovative features, it was created by some people who really care, and really think about the tools they are making.
Thanks for checking this out.
Andrew

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns




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#1 posted 01-07-2012 09:59 PM

Great review…Wish I had cheddar to get one.

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#2 posted 01-08-2012 02:43 AM

Great Review!!

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#3 posted 01-09-2012 02:56 AM

Nice review. Have you used this as a regular block plane, sans fence and scoring cutter? If so, how did it perform? Was it hard to control? I’d like to have the versatility of a fenced tool but only if it could do regular work as well.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#4 posted 01-10-2012 02:27 PM

Yes I have used it as a block plane, and it is wonderful, the low angle plus the skew of the blade, leaves a nicely polished surface, and a nice corkscrew shaving. I love this plane, very well thought out

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#5 posted 01-13-2012 03:56 PM

I own several Veritas hand planes, including a low angle block plane, and have been very happy with them. As you say they are quality tools. I saw their new premium NX60 block plane at a show last year and would love to be able to buy it but sadly cannot justify it!

-- Stuart

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