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Pretty nice plane, but not as refined as the premium planes

Pretty nice plane, but not as refined as the premium planes

08-06-2011 02:31 PM by funchuck | 9 comments »

When I first bought this plane, I was pretty impressed with it. I think it looks nice, and it’s built very well. Out of the box, the blade was not sharp at all. The back was pretty flat, and it didn’t take long to flatten the back and hone the bevel (probably 15 minutes on my oilstones). I checked to see if the sides were square, but they were slightly off. I also checked to see if the sole was flat, but it was slightly concave. But most importantly, how did it work? ...

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Veritas Router Plane

Veritas Router Plane

02-04-2013 06:47 PM by dbray45 | 15 comments »

I bought this a while ago but have been too busy to sit down and use it. For my last project I had to make a couple of grooves for a shelf and decided that this was a good time to give this a try. To start, I marked out where I wanted the groove to be on a piece of scrap, cut the marks a little deeper with a bench chisel to establish the groove and reduce the possible tear out before it happened. Using the adjustment, I took very little off on each pass. This thing worked like a dream. ...

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Hock Blades plane iron and cap iron (chip breaker)

Hock Blades plane iron and cap iron (chip breaker)

05-26-2013 07:42 PM by ic3ss | 6 comments »

I’ve been wanting to upgrade the blade in this plane since I restored it a while back. The iron is almost gone and pitted badly and the cap iron is mainly what has prevented this plane from being used in my shop as it chatters really bad. I’ve tried sharpening and flattening the blade, and re-shaping the cap iron but it’s warped so bad it will never work. I finally put out the cash for a blade I picked up from Woodcraft but they didn’t have a cap iron in 2-5/8” w...

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Quality Planes really are different

Quality Planes really are different

03-21-2013 10:20 PM by DouginVa | 18 comments »

I was parusing Craigslist today and a Lie Nielson Low Angle Adjustable Mouth Block Plane was posted…..and it said $100 or make an offer. The post couldn’t have been on there for more than a few minutes so I offered $80. The poster said Ok, but come down quickly if you can. I wrapped up what I was doing and called for the address and this woman obviously had no idea what she had or was selling. She said it was a gift to her husband who simply hasn’t even used it and doesn...

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awesome sculpting tool

awesome sculpting tool

04-12-2010 06:13 AM by JuniorJoiner | 3 comments »

I had never done sculpting until recently. but I have always wanted to try doing a sculpted seat. Everyone thinks maloof when they see a sculpted seat, but it seems it was common on many different styles. nakashima, windsor chairs. etc.so, I made a poplar blank , and started making a prototype.well. I did the rough shaping on the bandsaw, then clamped it together and started with a gouge and mallet.I am not that great at sharpening gouges, so I needed the mallet. after a few hours of sweating...

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Great Small In-Your-Hand Plane

Great Small In-Your-Hand Plane

02-29-2008 11:19 PM by RickH | 3 comments »

Owned this Veritas Apron plane for several weeks now, and like the other Veritas planes I have I found it to be extremely well made and a joy to use. This is one of the smallest I have in their line up, with only a 1 1/4” wide low angle, bevel up blade iron. It has a 5-1/2” x 1-3/4” ductile cast iron body for durability, and their great combination blade depth and blade angle adjuster. It is very comfortable to hold in your hand, and cuts very nicely. Ready to go rig...

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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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A fun joinery plane

A fun joinery plane

04-30-2008 06:23 AM by johnjoiner | 14 comments »

First off, I’ll point out that I have nothing to compare this to. I have never used any other plow plane, and have little experience with any other kinds of joinery planes. This is easy and fun to use. No tools are needed to do anything on this. Blade removal and all adjustments are toolless. The only thing I can think of to complain about is access to some of the knobs. I’d say I have average sized hands and fairly dexterous fingers. But I had trouble getting at the knob...

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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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What a difference !

What a difference !

03-08-2010 02:51 AM by b2rtch | 19 comments »

Last week I received by mail the set of three Footprint planes I bought from Sears on the Internet. I bought them because the price was right and it seemed to be a good value. IN the last month or so I spent countless hour son the Internet reading about hand planes; what the different planes are and what are their respective use, how to tune and how to use them. Of course I have used hand planes before but I really never paid attention to them, I just used them. Lately I found out that they a...

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