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Review by Kent Shepherd posted 06-30-2009 11:31 PM 4371 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife and I celebrated our anniversary last Friday. I thought I was doing really well when I brought Roses home for her. Then I opened my new HNT Gordon Spoke Shave (The one I’ve been lusting after for quite some time) My first thought was—Oh crap, I only got her roses. I must do better next year. She bought me the 1/2” Shoulder Plane for Christmas last year (and no, I wasn’t that good——She’s just an incredible woman) Anyway, back to the review.

So often in tool reviews, you relate the process of unpacking, set-up, problems, trials etc. I simply took it out of the box, inserted the blade and wedge, tapped a couple of times with the hammer, and Wow!!!—-instant shavings. Some minor adjustments and I found myself planeing, and planeing, and planeing—-oh well, you get the picture. You have to understand, I’m a guy who was raised on power tools, and not much else. I really didn’t know how to properly set up a plane until 2 or 3 years ago. I, like so many of you, have discovered the sheer joy of using hand tools. No, I will never give up my jointer or planer, but hand planes just make you feel good. I also included 2 other Gordon planes in this review because they all pretty much set up and operate the same way. The quality is outstanding. Beautiful wood and workmanship. I know there are plenty of fine plane makers in the world today, and don’t want to diminish their work, but these happen to be the planes I have, and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a great handplane. There is a learning curve to set up and use wooden planes, but the rewards are incredible. The smoothing plane was my first, about 2 1/2 years ago. I frequently plane highly figured maple with no problem. That hooked me for life. I plane more for the fun of it, than actually doing someting.

On all three planes, I did not hone the blades out of the box. I wanted to see how well they did. I was not disappointed. The blades are all very thick, and ready to use. Easy to maintain also. Normal sharpening methods work well.

The only flaw I’ve found is I don’t have enough of these fine planes.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong




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#1 posted 07-01-2009 12:12 AM

I bough a number of German hand planes on German ebay last year. I have not sorted them out yet but they are very nice.Have fun.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 07-01-2009 12:29 AM

Hey Kent
What more could you want a good woman and she buys you cool tools to boot. You better crank it up a notch next year. Good review and fine planes.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 07-01-2009 03:41 AM

I also have the HNT Gordon Shoulder plane and find it a pleasure to use. I’m currently trying to decide what kind of trying plane to buy. Until I read your post my options were:
1) Buy and fettle an old Stanley #7 or #8
2) Fork out $500+ NZD on a Veritas Bevel up Jointer

Your review reminded me that HNT Gordon make fine planes so thanks for adding yet another variable to my quandry.

Thanks for your review.

gt

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#4 posted 07-01-2009 02:20 PM

Hey Kent,
Great review…..but…..I hear that you are taking your lovely Lady out to dinner this week-end….Yes.!!!!!

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