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Well worth the price

Well worth the price

06-12-2016 03:01 PM by stefang | 17 comments »

2 years experienceI bought these planes a couple of years ago. I didn’t want to give my verdict on them before getting enough experience with them to really know if I liked them or not. I also wanted to compare them with my regular Stanley planes. The Quangsheng planes are the ones with the light beech totes in the photo above. My Experience with hand planes in generalPrior to this purchase my only experience with hand planes has been my Stanley #5 jack plane I bought about 30 or 40 ...

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First impression - very well pleased

First impression - very well pleased

05-31-2016 08:08 PM by Jack_D | 13 comments »

This Veritas BU LAJ plane is an upgrade from my Stanley sweetheart BU plane. After months of researching pros and cons between LN and LV BU LAJ, I finally made my decision to purchase the LV. My first impression – very well pleased, no regrets. During my research, I wanted to see actual and latest pictures of both items but google search images seem to look the same. So, now that I have the item, I took pictures in different angles to see every inch of it. See my flickr Hand Plane albu...

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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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Is the Redheaded stepchild just as good? Pun intended!

Is the Redheaded stepchild just as good? Pun intended!

04-18-2016 03:06 PM by Aidan1211 | 17 comments »

Let start me off with this MY opinion…. Please don’t stalk me slash my tires or leave little bags of lit——on my doorstep because we disagree…... Haha remember those days! I AM very opinionated but I appreciate anything that was made by a true craftsperson and was well thought out including the big guys tools. I almost hate to do this review and risk people scooping up stuff that I really have become addicted to buying but I’m a woodworker at heart an...

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Works like a charm

Works like a charm

03-29-2016 01:32 AM by mummykicks | 7 comments »

I’m not a plane fanatic like some, and in fact this is my first. I was having trouble controlling the dado depths on plywood sheets because of bowage and remembered seeing someone, somewhere using one of these things.Anyway, I used it on my last project and it made a world of difference.The adjustment wanders a bit, and by a bit I mean something like .005”-.01” on the depth, which is probably due to how I’m measuring it, but once it’s dialed in it works really we...

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Great value cast bronze router kit from ebay.

Great value cast bronze router kit from ebay.

02-27-2016 02:05 AM by Babieca | 2 comments »

I decided to build a router plane and went on ebay looking for a blade and instead came across this cast bronze kit from St. James Bay Tool Co. This model normally comes as part of a 2 router set for $85, but this single without handles was $25. I assume these were on ebay because the castings aren’t perfect. As you can see on the photos above, one of the mounting holes for the wood handles was a little out of round. The set screw was also not finished. However, the bottom is flat an...

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First impressions (and with limited experience)

First impressions (and with limited experience)

02-02-2016 07:40 PM by bonobo | 10 comments »

I’ve only used it for an evening but unless something strips or breaks, I’m very satisfied with it. My only previous experience was with Garrett Hack’s block shaped scratch stock found at Fine Woodworking. My problem with it was that an instant of inattention mean’t that the fence could lose registration, jump, and tear up the bead. It happened enough that I was planning to build a more traditional style version. When this scratch stock came up, I figured what the h...

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Veritas Cabinet Scraper

Veritas Cabinet Scraper

01-20-2016 05:54 AM by athomas5009 | 7 comments »

For Christmas I received the Veritas Cabinet Scraper w/EX blade. I really wanted a cab scraber because I hear they were amazing tools and I heard it was hard to beat the price of the Veritas Not to mentioned it was slightly bigger than the No 80 and had a thicker blade. Well let me tell you Veritas didn’t disappoint. out of the box the fit and finish was excellent, the sole was flat and the blade was ready to take a decent shaving. I used the stock blade for a cpl of hrs with no prob...

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Best hand tool I have bought

Best hand tool I have bought

12-18-2015 05:43 PM by BigAxe | 3 comments »

Wow! This is one of the best tools I have ever bought. I flattened a 6 foot cherry board in less time than it took me to take the plane out of the box. This is the first scrub plane I have used so I don’t have much to compare it to other than my no 4 Stanley I used to use. Some of the reviews I read indicate that weight may be a problem, but it is not very heavy and when I use it I never lift the plane off my work. The mass actually works to your advantage.

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Lie Nielson #51 plane

Lie Nielson #51 plane

08-01-2015 09:21 PM by MC | 4 comments »

Completed the new shooting board to go with my new plane from LN using the plans that came with the plane. As soon as the board was finished I started grabbing various pieces of scrap to try out the new plane. The 51 is heavy, the momentum helps move the plane with skewed blade through all types of wood with ease. Included in my testing today were pieces of Mahogany, Hard Maple, QSWO, and pine. Without any additional sharpening the plane cut through all wood end grain with ease. Should hav...

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