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Terrific clamp with a major (fixable) flaw

Terrific clamp with a major (fixable) flaw

08-03-2018 07:13 PM by ColonelTravis | 8 comments »

This should be a slam dunk 5-star product for hand tool users, a ridiculous design flaw knocks it down to a 4 because it’s fixable. I give the engineer who made this a big fat zero. I do not understand why Veritas ever let this issue out the door, or why they’ve never redesigned the problem. If you don’t have a tail/end vise (like me), this is a terrific substitute. I use holdfasts and notched battens but there are times when that doesn’t work so well. So I bought t...

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Veritas Inset Vise

Veritas Inset Vise

12-18-2017 09:28 PM by DreganTepis | 7 comments »

Item Page I’ve been asked several times about this vise, as it’s been seen in my pictures. So I decided to write this up. Installation was very easy! A router with a fence and a long straight bit will have this installed in under an hour. Just use the included dimensions, and don’t forget the through-holes so dust has somewhere to go. I’ve used this on 4 projects now since installing it last summer. The multiple jaws (including ones you can make) are great, th...

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"Best" Block plane

"Best" Block plane

11-06-2017 03:34 PM by PPK | 15 comments »

Ok, I know that writing the “Best” is a charged statement, and not everyone agrees, of course. But my opinion is that the Lee Valley Veritas Low Angle Block plane is the best buy among the other choice of block planes. My reasons for such a statement are below. Pros:-Fits the hand REALLY well. The little concavities for the fingers are perfect, and you don’t even have to think about it. Just pick it up and start planing. Lie Nielsen and the Stanley Sweetheart have a litt...

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A modern galoot's dream

A modern galoot's dream

09-03-2017 11:24 PM by galooticus | 13 comments »

I’ve been waiting for this plane for quite a while—a year or so? I don’t think I’ve been so eager to get my hands on a tool since I decided to jump into woodworking and got my first #5 and old disston. At Handworks I had walked into the barn wondering if I’d see this plane on display, and sure enough, Rob & Terry were there showing it off. The price, $399, made me pretty nervous, but the case and two blade boxes included for preordering took the edge off a...

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Are Expensive Chisels Worth The Money?  Western Bench Chisel Comparison

Are Expensive Chisels Worth The Money? Western Bench Chisel Comparison

04-21-2017 04:09 AM by WoodWorkLIFE | 22 comments »

A question that has plagued woodworkers for eras. In this video, I take a look at western bench chisels to understand what makes them tick. I test for ease of sharpening, ergonomics, the utility of the blade length/stays and overall feel. I took all of the chisels to a 27-degree bevel to really get a feel for sharpening them and to get rid of that first bit of possibly over hardened steel, I flattened the back, and then I just had-at-it living with them for a few months. The video is a sy...

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Handplane Shootout No. 4 in D flat Minor

Handplane Shootout No. 4 in D flat Minor

11-16-2016 06:14 AM by WoodWorkLIFE | 9 comments »

Watch the Video if you don’t feel like reading. Please like, share, and subscribe View on YouTube I am a hybrid woodworker I suppose, I guess I am really a “get stuff done” woodworker. The electric planer is a thing of beauty for milling up gnarly grain and rough sawn stock. For fine tuning fits, getting smooth finish ready surfaces, and just general enjoyment you are bringing a hammer to brain surgery. There is nothing more rewarding in the shop than taking a good shaving with ...

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I did not know it was that easy

I did not know it was that easy

09-17-2016 05:35 PM by jwmalone | 13 comments »

Hello lady’s and gents, I’m not new to hand saws by a long shot. But I am new to dovetails, until today ive been trudging along with a crosscut back saw. Wasn’t that bad but I knew I could do better???? but couldn’t make it look like Roy Underhill’s (Maybe one day?). Well my veritas 20 tpi dovetail saw was in the mail today (woodcraft, got it in 3 days) so I took a piece of scrap slapped some marks on there and man let me tell ya. that thing is sweet. Clean cuts,...

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Lee Valley Veritas Scraper Plane

Lee Valley Veritas Scraper Plane

09-12-2016 01:48 PM by PPK | 3 comments »

I have been using my new scraper plane on oak so far. I am very pleased with how it works. It is definitely the same concept as using a card scraper. It doesn’t remove nearly as much wood, nor remove wood as fast as a regular plane. However, for scraping and smoothing surfaces with funky grain, this is great. I read that others had a difficult time getting this thing to work. Either I’m lucky, or just that good – I had it scraping nice curlies within 5 minutes of unboxing...

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Veritas flat and round bottom spokeshaves w A2 irons

Veritas flat and round bottom spokeshaves w A2 irons

08-02-2016 11:29 PM by TheFridge | 10 comments »

I’ve used them on a set of chairs and some other odds and ends. The fit and finish of veritas stuff is top notch and these work as advertised.

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Veritas skew rabbet block plane

Veritas skew rabbet block plane

07-18-2016 11:09 PM by TheFridge | 6 comments »

I wanted a skew rabbet plane for crossgrain rabbets and cleaning up tenon cheeks. This one fit the bill. It takes a lot of fettling at first but once it’s set it so easy to sharpen and get back to work. I’d definitely recommend it

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