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Buck Bros. 14" jack Plane

Buck Bros. 14" jack Plane

09-17-2012 04:54 PM by woodmaker | 27 comments »

This week-end my Porter-Cable 6” portable jointer burned up (sparks flying from the motor and tripped the circuit breaker) and I was in desperate need of something to flatten some boards. I have an old Stanely 4” smoother, but the boards are cupped and twisted, too much work for that one. So the wife and I had to go to Home Depot anyway for some stuff and while there I asked one of the salesmen if they had any wood planes and he directed me to the aisle where they were. I...

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Groz Hand Planes

Groz Hand Planes

04-01-2011 11:12 PM by WhiskeyWaters | 14 comments »

A cross-pollinated review from my “other” blog – www.woodshopcowboy.com In the woodshop today, I spent some quality time with a set of 3 Groz planes. The block plane (unsure what the Stanley No would be), the Jack Plane and their Jointer. I’ve been pleased with the results throughout this year. I sharpen the blades about once a quarter or during long breaks, and when they see an enormous amount of use. Here’s a shot of the block plane at work today: Groz plan...

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Great starter value

Great starter value

03-23-2012 03:43 AM by BerBer5985 | 16 comments »

I bought this to try when I first started out in hand tools as my first hand plane, basically because it was $12. I figured if it was horrible for $12, it would make a great paper weight. My expectations were not high. Let me be clear from the get go, this is not a LN or LV plane. It may compare with an older stanley, on stanleys worst day of milling, but not horrible for $12. Also, please keep in mind that this review is strictly based off the fact that for $12 and a little time, you can...

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Edge trimming plane

Edge trimming plane

12-24-2010 09:13 AM by gko | 13 comments »

On a recent trip to Vancouver, BC I picked up several planes which included the Veritas Skewed Edge Trimming Plane. There is a right and left hand version but if the boards two sides are decently flat you can just change the side the fence goes on so you can plane with the grain. Let me get to the bad first. The fence on the plane was not exactly 90 degrees but closer to about 91.5. When I planed two boards and matched them there was a crack of about 3 degrees. I could change the angle...

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Veritas Premium Block Plane

Veritas Premium Block Plane

11-27-2008 05:44 PM by Derek Cohen | 18 comments »

I have a full review (too long to fit here) on my website: http://www.inthewoodshop.com/ToolReviews/VeritasPremiumBlockPlane.html Regards from Perth Derek

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Stanley Sweetheart Low Angle Block Plane

Stanley Sweetheart Low Angle Block Plane

09-29-2010 02:52 AM by David Craig | 9 comments »

I am a newbie when it comes to hand planes. I recently purchased a low cost Stanley 9 1/2, tuned it, and outfitted it with an A2 steel iron from Lee Valley. Total cost of time and effort was in the neighborhood of 60 dollars and a couple hours of my time. I have been checking on the costs of other plane offerings, and have been reading the reviews of the Sweetheart offerings with some interest. I have been mostly disappointed to find that the re-release of the Sweethearts were mostly negative...

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Wood River  -  Banana Planes

Wood River - Banana Planes

03-16-2010 05:00 AM by mcase | 20 comments »

I recently spent about an hour and half in Woodcraft examining Wood River planes. I went there to buy these planes. I went to purchase a #4, #5, and #6. The planes are very handsome and clearly copies of the Lie-Nielsen planes once carried at Woodcraft. They are very attractively packaged in nice wooden boxes. But before I went out the door I had the sales person (very helpful) open each box. I did this so I could examine each plane before I brought it home. Using a machinist ...

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Good Quality Control could make this an oustanding plane.

Good Quality Control could make this an oustanding plane.

03-22-2010 01:53 AM by Rick Boyett | 16 comments »

Stanley tools has a problem. There was a time when Stanley was a name associated with high quality tools. Tools that could be relied on to get the job done. This was especially true of hand planes. Stanley was the king of hand planes for a long time. Then Stanley decided to make cheap tools and the rest is history. But hey, what’s that, a ray of light over the horizon? Could it be that Stanley wants to reestablish its good name for actually being GOOD? I think that was one of...

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Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane

Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane

11-22-2010 05:25 AM by Gofor | 11 comments »

Purchasing: Done online, no problems, and delivered well packaged on the date promised. Quality: Very impressed. All parts are closely machined and close tolerance. Sole flat, sides square, and irons sharp, but I did hone them with 2000 grit wet/dry paper (scary sharp method) and green buffing compound. Comparability: Comes in a little larger than a Bailey #5 (more like 5 1/2), in width, length and weight. Iron width is 2 1/4” vs #5 Bailey at 2” and #6 at 2 3/8”. Hand...

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The Clifton Multiplane

The Clifton Multiplane

07-31-2008 09:36 PM by lethentymill | 5 comments »

A new Multiplane is quite an investment – when I started this series of projects five years ago I was still under the spell of this tool and Stanley still had a couple of cheaper alternatives which could be recommended for grooving and cutting dados.Five years on (running evening classes and producing the home learning course), how do I feel about them? The only successor to the Stanley/Record models that I knew was the Clifton – I have three old Stanleys and had one new Clifton; it was th...

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