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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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A Good Deal, If You Know What You're Getting

A Good Deal, If You Know What You're Getting

08-24-2013 05:31 PM by GeBeWubya | 5 comments »

Note: This review is an elaboration on my review at Amazon.com I am pleased with this plane. After lapping and honing, it did a good job cutting both long grain and cross grain rabbets. This is a shoulder plane (Iron goes all the way to the edge of the body) with a depth stop, fence, and side nicker (to cut across the end grain when planing across the grain). It also has 2 frogs to mount the iron, one normal near the center of the sole, and a second near the front of the plane for u...

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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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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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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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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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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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Not a premium plane out of the box but after tuning its a fine user. Amazon price is 112.25 free shh

Not a premium plane out of the box but after tuning its a fine user. Amazon price is 112.25 free shh

03-05-2012 07:27 PM by Dan | 12 comments »

I just checked Amazon.com and found that they have now dropped the price on this plane to 112.25 with free shipping included. I think this plane is well worth the sale price. The sides and sole are polished and looked nice but the black finish job on the plane was done poorly. Not only did the finish look poor it has also started to chip off on a couple areas of my plane. I have only used my plane a handful of times and the black finish has all ready chipped a little on the front toe part an...

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Remote Control Switch

Remote Control Switch

03-02-2012 07:51 PM by dustyal | 6 comments »

I paid $21 for this Stanley Remote Control Power Hub. I rated it 4 stars because the remote sender has a four position channel selector while the receiver outlet head is preset at the factory to a channel number label on the back of the unit. So, you can only set for one channel. Having said that it does not interfere with my Lone Ranger III unit. It is rated at 15 amp and 1875 watts. That is sufficient to run my vacs at least. It says it will broadcast up to 100 feet… I tested ...

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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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