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A Stanley Sweetheart surprise!!

A Stanley Sweetheart surprise!!

05-15-2011 10:58 PM by poopiekat | 12 comments »

Here on the prairies, good lumber and tools can be hard to get your hands on. At a local flea market today, I nabbed an absolutely beautiful, brand new Stanley Sweetheart #4 plane! Still in the box, it still had its wax paper wrapping and plastic bag. Wow! This #4 has a huge, 1/8” thick blade, and an adjustable mouth! And the sweetheart logo is the cherry on top of this great find. Incredibly, this plane was mine for $90, and in Canada the usual list price on these babies is $189-...

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Good Plane for the Money

Good Plane for the Money

01-09-2015 02:52 PM by mramseyISU | 3 comments »

I’ve had this plane for about 6 months now so I think that’s enough time using it to make up my mind. I picked this up on a trip to Rockler, I hadn’t planned on buying it but I had been wanting a No 4. Out of the box I justs tried it out on some white oak and with just a couple adjustments it was working great. When I did flatten the sole it took maybe a dozen passes on 220 sandpaper stuck down to my table say. Way less effort than any vintage stanley I’ve ever tuned u...

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Quality of the past is long gone.

Quality of the past is long gone.

10-04-2011 06:46 PM by Lotidus | 12 comments »

I have noticed that more often the brand names of tool I have trusted over the years have slacked on the quality they produce. In particular the Stanley FatMax coping saw. I had extreme faith in this tool at first mostly because of the Stanley name. I have owned the tool for about a year and used at most four to five times so it was in relatively new condition. I was using the tool to cut out a curved section on a chair leg. The stock was about 2” thick. I got through the first two leg...

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Good value, but probably not the last block plane you will ever buy.

Good value, but probably not the last block plane you will ever buy.

10-26-2011 02:22 AM by DylanC | 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 m...

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my new, old chisels

my new, old chisels

11-08-2011 09:50 PM by Bill1225 | 10 comments »

well i was bored over the weekend and went yard saling and found a bunch of stanley 750’s with no handles got 18 total for $10.. they were in rough shape. so i cleaned them up made the blacks flats reground and turned new ash handles. spent a good 8 hrs all together making a 7 pcs set and all i can say is wow!!!!! i will never buy a new chisel again.If the backs didn’t have some minor pitting there would have been no need to lap the back. I cant say too much about edge retention b...

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Good design, inconsistent quality

Good design, inconsistent quality

06-15-2013 10:19 PM by JayT | 13 comments »

Needing a decent set of chisels, instead of my plastic handled beaters, I decided to try the Stanley Bailey 5pc set. Now that I have been using them for about six months, it was time to do a review. The set retails for around $70 for five chisels and a leather tool roll. Initial impressions The chisels look good with brass ferrules and hoops contrasting nicely with the stained hardwood handles. I’m not a big fan of stained handles, but they do look nice out of the box. The in...

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not bad for the price

not bad for the price

04-24-2012 06:39 PM by reggle | 8 comments »

ive been wanting a bullnose plane for some time now but i couldent bring myself to buying a lie nielsen plane too much money.so i thought i give stanley ago.when you give this plane a good sharpening it can cut very clean the major fualt i have with this plane is when in use the blade sticks into you palm and it HURTS!!!!!! you can see this in the picture am thinking of grinding it down but apart from that its not a bad plane

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Don't be fooled into thinking "heavy duty"

Don't be fooled into thinking "heavy duty"

08-22-2012 01:26 AM by Prplhrtjarhead | 12 comments »

First, truth in advertising. I work for a large trailer manufacturing company and pull my tape on average, 30+ times during a shift. When I purchased this, I was looking for something a little more commercial quality/heavy duty than the average shop tape that may get used 20 times a month. The heft and rubberized grip of this tape are a definite plus as I have fairly large hands and work outdoors in all weather conditions. The large tape affords very visible readings which is also a plus. ...

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Flush Cutting Inside a Curved Seat Blank

Flush Cutting Inside a Curved Seat Blank

03-18-2013 03:54 AM by DustyMark | 8 comments »

Check out this short video review of the Stanley Fat Max 20-331 Flush-Cut Saw. I noticed this saw during a recent trip to Woodcraft and purchased it in hopes that it could cut 1” through leg tenons on the inside face of a curved seat blank. It worked quite well. The blade has enough flex to follow the gentle curve of the seat blank without leave any marks on surface of the blank. The teeth are quite sharp and cut through the ash leg tenons with minimal effort. I’m not sure ...

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Stanley Flatbase Spokeshave

Stanley Flatbase Spokeshave

05-24-2013 05:08 PM by Nugs | 5 comments »

One of my first woodworking projects was carving a canoe paddle, I didn’t want to spend too much on tools because I wasn’t sure if I would like the hobby. I picked up this spokeshave on Amazon for a reasonable price of $20. I’ve had a lot of problems with it but with some small modifications it was a pretty usable tool. My first issue was with it jamming up, no matter how thin I would set it, the shavings would jam it and I would have to take it apart to unclog it. My sol...

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