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Review by dbray45 posted 522 days ago 2723 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I bought this a while ago but have been too busy to sit down and use it. For my last project I had to make a couple of grooves for a shelf and decided that this was a good time to give this a try. To start, I marked out where I wanted the groove to be on a piece of scrap, cut the marks a little deeper with a bench chisel to establish the groove and reduce the possible tear out before it happened.

Using the adjustment, I took very little off on each pass. This thing worked like a dream. I later used this for the recesses for the butt hinges – again, this was effortless

Good job Lee Valley (Veritas). One of these days I plan to get the inlay tool for the router plane!

-- David in Damascus, MD




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#1 posted 522 days ago

dbray, I bought this tool about 3 months ago along with the inlay tool and different sized cutters.
I agree with your 5 stars,this thing is amazingly easy to use.

-- Life is good.

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#2 posted 522 days ago

+1 It’s my favorite too for tenon adjusting, too! Very easy to add sub bases for oddball tasks.

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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#3 posted 522 days ago

I’ve had my eye on this one for a while, just not gotten there yet. I plan on using it to clean up after the dado stack. I didn’t know they had an inlay tool for it. Nice review, thanks.

wayne

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#4 posted 522 days ago

Wayne – This tool for me, will largely replace my dado blades.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#5 posted 521 days ago

Yep, you can either make the whole joint by hand with maybe a handsaw, chisels and this tool or clean up after the tablesaw. Either way, you will likely have the truest dados, rabbets, or tenons you ever made.

-- I'm 56. In my mind, I still feel 26. Until I do something physical; then I feel 76.

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#6 posted 521 days ago

Ups is actually delivering this to me today! Can’t wait

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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#7 posted 521 days ago

For being a simple tool, there are a lot of things going on to make it work. I did polish all of the blades (bought all of the american sizes) with an 8000 grit water stone.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#8 posted 521 days ago

Did yours make perfectly flat bottoms out of the box?

I have one or two irons that had a slightly deeper cut on one side or the other.

If you get any, it’s an easy tune… Simply get two parallel blocks of wood, maybe 2”x 8”-10” x 3/4”. Face frame scraps work great. Place them on edge, one on each side of a sharpening stone. Place the assembled plane on the blocks and lower the iron down to the stone. Side the plane around enough to make a small microbevel all across the bottom tip of the iron. The INSIDE (away from tip) line of the microbevel is where your face bevel should be ground. File or regrind the face of the iron to match the line, and hone.

When corrected, the cutting edge may appear to be slightly skewed, but it will cut beautifully flat overlapping passes.

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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#9 posted 521 days ago

I polished my irons with an 8000 grit stone. The irons that I have used cut flat.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#10 posted 521 days ago

I do not own this plane but i have used it and just love it.

-- Bert

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#11 posted 521 days ago

Nice tool and good review, they do put out a nice product!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 520 days ago

this is one of the tools that is at the top of my to get list!

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#13 posted 519 days ago

It was on the top of my list for a couple years – finally got it and then it waited for the right project for a while. It is one of those tools that you don’t need all of the time but when the tasks where it could effectively be used come about – it works really well.

This is a tool that was developed out of need (I suspect) many many years ago and the spinning power tool was supposed to replace it. The spinning power tool (router) is very good at what it does and if the bit works out – like mine did last week – a really nice piece of wood is now kindling and if the bit leaves the chuck, it could be very dangerous. A tool of this quality supercedes power, the spinning bit, and works really well to clean up other tools’ messes as an added bonus.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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