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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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One of the best buys of my life...

One of the best buys of my life...

09-17-2010 01:05 AM by moshel | 9 comments »

At last, something you guys in the US can’t get! Over the NZLJ milling weekend, grimt showed me a plane he purchased some time ago that was refurbished by Philip Marcou. I was most impressed with the plane but it seems that Philip stopped selling them. As you do (or don’t) know, Philip Marcou is one of the top high end plane makers in the world (read the reviews on his site). His planes are beautiful, and probably an experience to use, and just from watching the pictures you wa...

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Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane

Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane

11-18-2014 12:25 AM by Chuck Anstrom | 10 comments »

Earlier this year, I purchased a Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane from Lee Valley. I have one other Veritas plane, a Medium Shoulder Plane. Like the first, the Low Angle Jack Plane is a tool of beauty. Superbly crafted and machined, it is a pleasure to use. Last week, I received a letter informing me of a possible fault in the plane. I checked my plane and the fault did not exist. I find it unique and extraordinary that a firm would provide this level of service—— If it is n...

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New No 93, rabbet, chisel plane

New No 93, rabbet, chisel plane

02-28-2010 04:33 PM by Andrew | 6 comments »

This is my first good plane, in fact it cost more than my 3 other planes all together. I needed a plane that could get into corners, and trim along edges. I wanted to get the 92 it had a 3/4” width as opposed to the 93 with a 1” width, but the 92 was on back order until mid april. My needs are my needs so here goes the 93. It took only a couple of minutes to flatten the back of the iron and hone the edge. The bottom seems pretty flat. After a couple minutes of set up and ad...

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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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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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What a Dream... I love this Plane!

What a Dream... I love this Plane!

02-29-2008 07:28 PM by Chris | 7 comments »

This plane is my first foray into the world of Lie-Nielsen. WOW! I am impressed; we get so very used to mediocre products that when we get our hands on products with this level of craftsmanship it simply blows you away. Don’t get me wrong, I love my old planes. However, I hated using the block planes I had picked up here and there. They were just too difficult to use accurately. This plane was ready to go straight out of the box. The sole is, as far as I can tell, perfectly flat and the ...

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Nice Ash Planes - Jack Ash

Nice Ash Planes - Jack Ash

04-26-2013 05:02 PM by Mauricio | 13 comments »

Rhett with Nice Ash planes sent me a plane to review which I was happy to do. The only thing I’ve used close to this plane is a Krenov plane I made with a hock iron. This plane I received works far better than the one I made in many ways. I guess this one would be their “Jack Ash” size. In any case I think it is a very versatile size plane. More on that in a minute… Presentation:Upon opening the package the initial presentation was pretty nice. The package was wrapped in paper and se...

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Stanley Flatbase Spokeshave

Stanley Flatbase Spokeshave

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

One of my first woodworking projects was carving a canoe paddle, I didn’t want to spend too much on tools because I wasn’t sure if I would like the hobby. I picked up this spokeshave on Amazon for a reasonable price of $20. I’ve had a lot of problems with it but with some small modifications it was a pretty usable tool. My first issue was with it jamming up, no matter how thin I would set it, the shavings would jam it and I would have to take it apart to unclog it. My sol...

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It was shades of "A Christmas Story"

It was shades of "A Christmas Story"

10-27-2008 05:28 PM by Texasgaloot | 12 comments »

Anyone who has ever seen the movie “A Christmas Story” knows the elation of discovering that you had won a major prize. I have not had a new tool infiltrate my shop in a very long time. It would be even longer had I not won this plane from the Wood Talk Online podcast—thanks Marc and Matt. See, folks, if you aren’t listening to this podcast, YOU SHOULD BE! Even a guy who never wins a thing can win something over-the-top cool! Okay: on to the plane (thank God it ...

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