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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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Pinnacle blade & chip breaker upgrade for my Stanley Baily #4

Pinnacle blade & chip breaker upgrade for my Stanley Baily #4

02-09-2011 08:02 AM by Dan | 8 comments »

Last week we got hit with a huge snow storm which covered my driveway with a lot of snow. I had to leave for work next morning and didn’t have time to shovel. I was able to get my front wheel drive car out of the driveway without getting stuck. The tires spun out a bit and the back fishtailed a little but after a little effort the car made it out. Later I took my full size 4×4 truck out and it plowed right through the thick snow with ease. No slipping, no spinning and the exit driv...

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Veritas Bevel Up Jointer Plane

Veritas Bevel Up Jointer Plane

11-21-2012 03:10 PM by jasondain | 8 comments »

Over the past month or so, I have been working on a Benchcrafted Split Top Roubo workbench (more on that in later posts). At this point, I’m in the home stretch flattening the top and I had bought this plane in anticipation of using it for flattening the top of the bench once it was ready. I have built other projects in the past where I could have used this but used my Bevel-up smoother for the task instead (I know, not technically for the purpose but it worked fine). I spent a few h...

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