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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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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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Lie-Nielsen No. 2 Bench Plane

Lie-Nielsen No. 2 Bench Plane

07-15-2015 04:42 PM by Matthew Morris | 10 comments »

View on YouTube I love to use my hand planes. For a while I’ve been wanting a smoothing plane that was smaller then my No. 4. I finally pulled the trigger and bought a Lie-Nielsen No. 2. This is my review of the plane after using it for a few weeks in my shop. Want to know more?Visit the website http://www.mmwoodstudio.com/Follow the shop on Instagram http://instagram.com/mmwoodstudioLike us on Facebook http://facebook.com/mmwoodstudioSubscribe to my YouTube Channel: http://www.you...

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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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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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Kunz Plus #3 preliminary review

Kunz Plus #3 preliminary review

06-08-2015 01:04 AM by knockknock | 8 comments »

Why would I buy a Kunz plane? I blame it on Rob Lee (Lee Valley / Veritas) for not making a bevel down Number 3. I have been using a Wood River #3, but I like a full fisted grip. With my medium sized palm and small fingers, the Wood River #3 squeezes my hand when I use a full fisted grip. So after searching and translating many pages, I decided to try the Kunz Plus #3 which has an open tote / handle. A little background: I am not a highly experienced or professional wood worker. I am an am...

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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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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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Even Better With A Few Modifications

Even Better With A Few Modifications

10-21-2014 09:38 PM by OSU55 | 7 comments »

I’ve had one of these for about 2-1/2 years. Typical of Lee Valley / Veritas tools, everything’s great. You can read all about adjustments, available blades, and the rest in the manual from their website. The tool provides excellent results, but does have a learning curve, and there are a couple of things that make it an even better tool. Initially I ended up with an overly aggressive cut. It would dig in and stop, spin around, sometimes feeling like a slot car on a wiggly piece of track ...

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