|Review by Gary Fixler||posted 06-20-2009 03:38 PM||5014 views||0 times favorited||17 comments|
Full disclosure: I am by no stretch a hand planes expert. I’m hardly even an amateur. I only have a Buck Bros. 6” block plane, and I’m not good with it. However, I got this guy a few months back on a whim, and recently cracked the packaging and gave it a whirl.
I found it to be very sharp and properly set up right out of the packaging. All I did was wipe off the protective oil, and I was almost immediately getting full-width, full-length curls from the already fairly straight edge of the plank.
There really isn’t much to it, so in a way, it’s kind of like a beginner’s plane. You can learn quite a bit about how planes work from this <$10 utility tool, which is really better used for minor adjustments, or flushing up pegs. This knowledge can be expanded through larger, more expensive, and more complicated planes later (that’s my plan!).
These videos aren’t too exciting, but perhaps informative. This is me pulling it over the edge of a poplar plank. I have not tried any other wood types yet. I imagine red oak would be a bit more difficult. I would say I’m ‘jointing’ the edge here, but we all know it’s a bit too short for that, really:
And here’s pushing it over the same plank. The biggest problem is getting my own meaty hands out of the way. There isn’t too much to hold on to, but as you can see, it does work.
Here’s the link to the Home Depot product page, though it’s not sold online. The link itself is custom to my local store, but it does give some specs. It feels solid, though too small for extended use, as it starts to hurt my hands a bit by the end of those videos. Still, a great little shaver for the tiny stuff, where perhaps your #5 jack plane won’t fit, or if, like me, you don’t have a #5 jack plane.
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator