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Quickley removes excess wood

Quickley removes excess wood

05-08-2010 04:42 AM by jerryo | 5 comments »

This plane fits in my hand like a glove and performs great. It is a wooden body plane with a thick iron which is very cambered. The iron was sharp right out of the box ready to use. The light weight of the plane has no adverse effects when planing a board. I tryed it out on a piece of wormy maple and it took thick scaloped shavings with ease planing diagonally to the grain. The planes main use is to remove large amounts of wood quickley. This will do the same job as a thickness planer, albeit...

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ECE Jack plane

ECE Jack plane

11-22-2013 08:06 PM by arthurbvb | 7 comments »

I have this plane now for two years. I have the version with the ironwood sole. I really enjoy using this plane. It is one of the tools that I use the most. I mainly use it on pine, but also one beech, walnut and maple.This plane literary glides over the wood and takes no effort to plane. I also have a wooden jointer plane and a low angle jack plane but I rarely use them. This small plane however is much more comfortable to use. For big projects I of course use the jointer and for shooting en...

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Very nice little plane

Very nice little plane

02-28-2012 06:51 PM by Kerry Drake | 6 comments »

I got this Block Plane for Christmas and just now finally got around to cleaning the grease off of it, waxing the sole, and sharpening the blade. The blade adjuster seems to work fine and the adjustable mouth is very nice. Fit and finish are excellent. I use a worksharp 3000 for most of my sharpening (especially when its cold) and I ran right through the grits (80, 220, 400, 1000, 3600) in just about 5 minutes, then dropped a 30 degree micro-bevel on the end. I was pulling full widt...

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Another Great Lie-Nielsen

Another Great Lie-Nielsen

12-30-2013 01:39 AM by mcase | 11 comments »

I have been messing around with this plane for about a month now – trying it sharpened at different angles and degrees of convex, using it in different woods and grains etc. I have made a lot shavings with it, but I wanted to put this plane to some real-world use before writing this review. I just finished the cherry panels for eleven cabinet doors with it. So I can now make some credible comments on it. As you might expect from Lie-Nielsen, its a real pretty plane and all you had ...

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Circa 1850 Try Plane

Circa 1850 Try Plane

01-31-2011 03:23 AM by Dave | 19 comments »

I was in need of a joiner plane. I had come across this plane at a antiques shop in MS. For a grand total of $27.00. It needed a little work. The mouth was missing a chunk in front of it. On the blade is stamped [dwights french and co.]. On the nose of the plane is stamped [H. J. Nazero and co. of Milwaukee]. And all over the plane is stamped [B. F. Pfeiffer]. Doing some internet research. I can place the manufacture of the blade and the plane between 1850-60.Now with a piece of red oak. I r...

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Works Well with Only One Negative

Works Well with Only One Negative

09-28-2014 10:03 PM by walden | 36 comments »

I purchased Lee Valley’s new Veritas custom plane when it first became available. After messing around with it for a few days, here are my thoughts. 1) The plane is built well and looks a lot better than their old line of bench planes. It feels nice and heavy and is about the same weight as a Lie-Nielsen (LN) #5. I bought mine with the “medium” traditional tote in the back and the middle-sized knob in the front. This gives it the same feeling in the hand as old Stanley or...

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Veritas Medium Shoulder Plane

Veritas Medium Shoulder Plane

01-06-2013 12:55 PM by BigDawg | 8 comments »

I am not surprised at how well refined this plane is. The sole is perfectly square to the sides and the blade is perfectly ground to just barely hang over the edge of the rabbet hole. The blade is extremely easy to flatten and sharpen and I had the plane up and running in about 15 minutes after I protected the metal surfaces with CRC 3-36 spray lubricant. Features First of all, I have tried both the medium and large shoulder plane, but I ultimately bought the medium shoulder plane becau...

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Nice Ash Smoother

Nice Ash Smoother

04-20-2013 12:31 AM by Don W | 16 comments »

I offered to do a review on the Nice Ash plane. Wood planes always intrigued me. I’ve restored a lot of them. They are stuck in corners, on shelves and above cabinets all over my house and shop. With a few exception, everyone has been made to work. The only ones I typically use though are a couple I made myself, but I normally use metal planes. I gave this a 3 and would have gone to 3.5 if I could. I believe part of the reason for the lower score is this plane is one of the first 25 ...

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not bad for the price

not bad for the price

04-24-2012 06:39 PM by reggle | 8 comments »

ive been wanting a bullnose plane for some time now but i couldent bring myself to buying a lie nielsen plane too much money.so i thought i give stanley ago.when you give this plane a good sharpening it can cut very clean the major fualt i have with this plane is when in use the blade sticks into you palm and it HURTS!!!!!! you can see this in the picture am thinking of grinding it down but apart from that its not a bad plane

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Now THIS is a Nice Ash plane!

Now THIS is a Nice Ash plane!

04-17-2013 04:53 PM by RaggedKerf | 11 comments »

There is just something about wooden hand planes that makes you want to pick one up. I think for me, it’s the warmth of the wood—-the tactile sensation of the wooden plane body compared to the cold steel of a modern plane. I have admired many wooden planes from afar, but no longer! I recently received this little gem to review (the gnomon is 6”): The new Nice Ash Block Plane, from Nice Ash Planes. For this review, I’ll be focusing on four key points to delive...

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