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The Best Plane Ever Made?

The Best Plane Ever Made?

01-04-2013 11:23 AM by BigDawg | 9 comments »

I purchased this plane in October 2012. Since then I’ve used the plane on several projects to put it through its paces. My thoughts toward this plane are simple; it’s a great plane right out of the box.I have sharpened the iron twice. The back of the iron was perfectly flat right from the get-go. All I had to do was hone the secondary bevel. My expectation of needing to flatten the iron was unfounded. The thick blade makes sharpening a breeze. I prefer to use an Eclipse-style honing guide an...

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flattening a table top

flattening a table top

05-06-2015 05:57 AM by Andy Block | 9 comments »

A young friend of mine works in lumber sales and had been setting aside some nicely figured maple for me. When he delivered it I asked him what he and his new wife would like made for them. After consulting with a higher authority he said a coffee table, which was perfect as that was about as far as the wood would go. After doing the glue up I was having a tough time getting the table top flat as each board seemed to have developed a mind of it’s own. I went to visit a local tool...

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Upgrade for Stanley Knob and Tote

Upgrade for Stanley Knob and Tote

04-06-2014 11:02 AM by JohnChung | 9 comments »

I bought a Stanley handplane #4 made in Sheffield. Over the year I have upgraded the chip breaker to LV and my latest addition is the knob and tote. The service provided by Greg is simply excellent. I had to provide some feedback like the type of make it was including snapshot of the mounting screws the handplane was using. After the tote and knob was made, Greg sent me a photo of the set installed on a handplane. It really helps visualizing the upgrade. He took the time to choose the righ...

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Video comments on working with the plane

Video comments on working with the plane

10-25-2014 11:35 PM by Loren | 9 comments »

Plane works well if I an attentive to my methods and iron sharpness.

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Not bad, but not particularly good.

Not bad, but not particularly good.

05-11-2016 06:45 PM by Dan Wolfgang | 9 comments »

I debated over my first plane purchase. I wasn’t convinced I could appreciate a finer plane from Lie-Nielsen or Veritas, and from reading, the low-end options seem to often require quite a bit of work that I’m not familiar with. So, the WoodRiver low angle jack from my local Woodcraft seemed a good option. I found the plane immediately underwhelming—it just didn’t feel that great in my hand. Out of the box, the tote was very loose and had to be tightened. Trying to ...

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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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veritas scraper plane

veritas scraper plane

06-15-2010 01:40 PM by gardentiger | 8 comments »

A beautifully crafted tool. Blade was sharp and did a great job on an end grain cutting board i’ve been trying to smooth. Sharpening a tool like this has quite a learning curve. Corners of the blade need to be rounded. The plane is much larger than it appears in pictures. It’s gonna be a fun one.

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Just awesome.  Get it.

Just awesome. Get it.

08-02-2011 11:11 PM by funchuck | 8 comments »

I just got this plane last week and put it through it’s paces. One thing I noticed right away is that thick toe! The picture in the review is the BU Jointer next to the jack. The jack’s toe is very thick because the entire front area adjusts (see picture). In the jointer, only a small area in front of the mouth adjusts. In the jointer review, I complained about the uncomfortable tote, but for some reason, I don’t notice it as much with the jack. I think this may part...

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New Veritas BU LAJ..........+ BU Vs BD

New Veritas BU LAJ..........+ BU Vs BD

12-16-2012 06:36 PM by OSU55 | 8 comments »

I’ve had the Veritas BU LAJ for about a month now and have had the opportunity to give it a pretty good work out with a couple of projects. I pretty much agree with all the other praises of this very excellent tool, and since mine looks like all the others out there I found no need for pictures, but the forum forces you to post at least one. Swift shipping, well pkg’d, arrived unharmed Finish – agree with everyone else – very high. I will say this area means the...

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Square Joints with a Hand Plane

Square Joints with a Hand Plane

06-28-2009 04:33 PM by CreekWoodworker | 8 comments »

I’ve had trouble getting perfectly square leg tapers and joints with my hand planes so decide to try out the Veritas Jointer Fence sold by Lee Valley. I was a little leery of it since it is attached to the side of a hand plane by magnets …can magnets really hold or will the fence pop off with every swipe? It comes with a stop that screw that fits into pre-drilled threaded holes in the fence (NO holes or screws into the plane). There are two sets of stop positions in front and...

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