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Stanley still has problems milling the bed correctly

Stanley still has problems milling the bed correctly

02-04-2015 11:36 PM by jakep_82 | 16 comments »

I should have listened to the people on Amazon complaining about machining problems. I posted largely the same review on Amazon. The sole on mine was cupped slightly front to back and side to side. The lowest point is right at the mouth. The adjustable toe is also machined so that it’s about .002” below the rest of the sole. They also left several burrs on the bed that prevented the blade from sitting perfectly flat. And on the topic of the bed, I found the same problem as man...

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Fat Max backsaw must be the homeowner line

Fat Max backsaw must be the homeowner line

01-26-2015 10:39 PM by Pat83 | 2 comments »

I purchased this saw because I had misplaced my Buck Brothers el cheapo that works just fine. The price was very reasonable, about $20. The teeth feel sharp to the touch but I always feel like I’m cutting a pinched board when sawing. I’ve tried it on pine and ash, both were difficult to cut and I think the kerf is narrower than the rest of the blade. I will be replacing this saw very soon.

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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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Easy to read, good grip

Easy to read, good grip

12-31-2014 06:54 AM by Rick M. | 12 comments »

I have enough tape measures for every room in the house and a couple for the shop but today I was 25 miles from home and the tape I brought wasn’t large enough. So rather than make a 50 mile round trip into a 100 mile round trip, I went to a nearby Ace Hardware with a plethora of tape measures, Stanley, Lufkin, Dewalt, generics, and others. I liked the Dewalt best but it was $25 which I felt was too much so I bought a Stanley Max 25’. Normally I wouldn’t review something onl...

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Good Chisel set for the money

Good Chisel set for the money

07-29-2014 12:05 AM by mramseyISU | 10 comments »

I’ve had these chisels for about a month now. I made the decision a while back I wanted to start cutting dovetails by hand and wanted an upgrade over the Irwin chisels I picked up at home depot a few years back. First thing I noticed was how light they are in your hand. They really feel like I’m holding a pencil not a piece of steel. That being said they are tough chisel. Out of the box they were pretty sharp and I was playing around with them and I was paring some end grain white...

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A vintage miterbox worth owning.

A vintage miterbox worth owning.

07-11-2014 09:28 PM by Brad | 14 comments »

I see many reviews of contemporary tools by modern manufacturers. However, given that many woodworkers purchase vintage tools for their own use, I thought it would be valuable to write a review about one of them. My goal here is to answer the question, “Is a Stanley #60 miterbox worth buying?” Spoiler alert. Answer. Yes, it is. My sample came from an estate sale. It was so minty that I couldn’t resist handing over $15.00 to take it home. Based on the crappy saw han...

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Stanley FatMax 17-202 14-Inch Back Saw

Stanley FatMax 17-202 14-Inch Back Saw

04-12-2014 01:37 AM by Joe Lyddon | 19 comments »

Fat Max Fine Finish Back Saw 17-202 14” 13 tpi / 14 pts Another great handsaw! A disposable saw as with the other saw I recently reviewed… It cuts everything like BUTTER! I love it… I’m sure you will like it if you try it. It’s less than $10 too!

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a good deal...??

a good deal...??

03-16-2014 09:59 PM by steve | 29 comments »

Not sure whether or not I am supposed to say that something is on sale somewhere, but I thought it sounded like a good deal, and wondered how others found these chisels to be. Stanley Sweetheart Series 750 Chisels. I have a Woodriver set, and some ole Irwins now, but want to upgrade. Stanley Sweetheart Series 750 Chisels – $99 – 4 pc set, 1/4” – 1”, w/leather pouch

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Stanley Fat Max 15" handsaw - Fantastic!

Stanley Fat Max 15" handsaw - Fantastic!

03-14-2014 01:05 AM by Joe Lyddon | 10 comments »

I just received this saw, tried it out, and it cuts like a DREAM! Easy start… cuts…. Very study blade… stays nice and straight. Very comfortable hardwood handle with a nice rubber hand-hold. Super Nice! One nice thing I just noticed, that I didn’t think was going to be there, the Handle-to-Blade at top is 90 so you can use it to draw a straight 90 line like a T Square. At the bottom Handle-to-Blade is 45 so one can draw a 45 like a T Square. I love it...

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Stanley Sweetheart 12-137 No. 62 Low angle Jack plane

Stanley Sweetheart 12-137 No. 62 Low angle Jack plane

03-04-2014 08:00 AM by Gerry | 16 comments »

Unbelievable! This is my first experience with a “reputed to be” a premium level wood plane. I am what one might call a “Hybrid” woodworker, and find myself using hand tools more and more. In using a very old Stanley No. 4 Smoother with my shooting board, even thought it works OK when well sharpened, I’ve not been entirely happy with the way it feels when cutting, nor with the results. Recently, Fine Woodworking put up a video about low angle bevel up jack planes by Garret Hack. H...

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