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Very Nice - Very Small Bench Plane

Very Nice - Very Small Bench Plane

02-29-2008 11:37 PM by RickH | 2 comments »

I picked up this Lie-Nielsen #1 bench plane several weeks ago at Woodcraft on sale, intrigued by it’s small size and quality. It is the first Lie-Nielsen plane I own (though I have a number of Veritas) and as you would expect from either of these brands it is extremely well made. With it’s brass body and maple handles it is almost too nice to use as a tool – it looks that nice. It is based on the famous Stanley No. 1, 5½” (14cm) long with a 1-3/16” (3cm) x ....

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Nice little powered hand planer

Nice little powered hand planer

11-28-2008 10:29 PM by ferstler | 0 comments »

I could not find the GMC (Global Machinery Corporation) brand listed on this group’s company name list, so I just selected the next best company, Global Tooling. Heck, maybe they are the same company. Most Chinese-made tools from this Austrailian company are budget items in the extreme, being on the same, or sometimes an even lower, level as Black and Decker or Chicago Tools. Some work not all that well, and others work just fine. This is one of the just-fine versions, if only bec...

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Customer Service !! WOW !!  HNT Gordon

Customer Service !! WOW !! HNT Gordon

09-12-2011 01:25 AM by coloradoclimber | 7 comments »

This is a review not only of a tool but of the customer service that backs it. HNT Gordon makes wooden body hand planes. To anyone who frequents Lumberjocks that is unlikely to be news. The planes are what you would expect, beautiful to look at, comfortable to hold, a joy to use. Also probably not news. I only own one wooden body shoulder plane, this one, but I do own a Lie Nielsen metal body shoulder plane, a Veritas metal body shoulder plane, and multiple wooden body bench planes t...

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A very nice Veritas plane...added some pictures

A very nice Veritas plane...added some pictures

12-20-2010 01:03 PM by gko | 11 comments »

My Amscope review was my first review so this is my first real wood working tool review. I picked up the Lee Valley Standard Low Angle Plane while on a trip to Vancouver. Somebody told me that there was not that much planing quality difference between the three low angle block planes. The more expensive ones sure looked sleek and sexy but there were some other things I wanted to buy there and felt I needed to cut costs if there was not going to be a big enough difference. I got it with ...

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Pimp My Plane

Pimp My Plane

10-06-2008 07:04 PM by Doug S. | 15 comments »

I’d been lusting after an Infill plane for a while and this one jumped up and bit me. Talking with Ron Brese, I decided to Pimp My Plane with something a bit extra on the level cap screw. So after getting the counterbored screw and some abalone and epoxy, here’s the inlaid cap screw. So far I’ve tried this out on Jatoba, Red Oak, Ipe, Purpleheart, Mango, and Maple, all with excellent resuls. It really doesn’t matter whether you plane with or against the grain a...

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Oh the joys of smooooth wood

Oh the joys of smooooth wood

01-28-2008 06:04 AM by cajunpen | 10 comments »

This is a review that I posted a few months ago, but I thought that as long as we were going to have a “Review” section on the Forum that it should be here. The Veritas Bevel-Up Smoother Plane has added a whole new level to my woodworking projects. This is my first new plane and it is now my favorite. Right out of the box it was cutting wood as smooth as glass. I have since sharpened it and honed it and the cuts are even smoother. I hardly use sandpaper for my smaller proje...

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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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Good value, but probably not the last block plane you will ever buy.

Good value, but probably not the last block plane you will ever buy.

10-26-2011 02:22 AM by DylanC | 4 comments »

From the Stanley Website: Ideal for planing end grain and plastic materials 12-920 block plane has a fully adjustable cutter resting at 21° Gray, cast-iron base with precision-ground sides and bottom Finger grips machined into sides make single-handed use easy Hardened, tempered steel gives precision-ground cutter edge durability Cutter adjusts for depth and alignment, offering precise control Durable epoxy coating for long-lasting protection Quick-release cam-lock m...

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All around great performer and then some

All around great performer and then some

10-13-2011 05:13 PM by PurpLev | 11 comments »

I got this when it first came out a year or so ago as I wanted something that could handle rabbets and joinery’s edges and this one seemed like a jack of all trades when it comes to that. It is no replacement for a shoulder plane, but I figured I’d use it mostly as a block plane which will also allow me to address some edges, rabbets etc. The plane itself is a beautiful designed product and the materials and machining is superb – a real gem. it is very hefty and feels sol...

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A Good Deal, If You Know What You're Getting

A Good Deal, If You Know What You're Getting

08-24-2013 05:31 PM by GeBeWubya | 5 comments »

Note: This review is an elaboration on my review at Amazon.com I am pleased with this plane. After lapping and honing, it did a good job cutting both long grain and cross grain rabbets. This is a shoulder plane (Iron goes all the way to the edge of the body) with a depth stop, fence, and side nicker (to cut across the end grain when planing across the grain). It also has 2 frogs to mount the iron, one normal near the center of the sole, and a second near the front of the plane for u...

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