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IBC Pinnacle A2 Cryo #4 (2") Plane Blade

IBC Pinnacle A2 Cryo #4 (2") Plane Blade

03-09-2010 09:19 AM by dfdye | 15 comments »

After having the blade in my new #4 Footprint wear down more quickly than I would have liked, I figured I should get a good blade to try and extend my time working with wood rather than sharpening gizmos. There has been some discussion in the forum and in other reviews of the Pinnacle line of blades from Woodcraft, so I figured I would give one a try. Long story short, the Pinnacle blade is fantastic. The thickness difference between this blade and a stock cheap blade is huge, which requ...

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Lie-Nielsen Rabbet Block Plane (with Nickers) - Awesome

Lie-Nielsen Rabbet Block Plane (with Nickers) - Awesome

10-29-2011 05:27 AM by semmons23 | 5 comments »

I’ve posted a review of this hand plane on my blog – check it out if you’re interested. http://www.thedustydeveloper.com/2011/09/lie-nielsen-rabbet-block-plane-60-12-r.html

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Great starter value

Great starter value

03-23-2012 03:43 AM by BerBer5985 | 17 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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Anant jointer plane - an inexpensive option

Anant jointer plane - an inexpensive option

06-06-2010 02:58 AM by 8iowa | 6 comments »

For those who don’t have the time to restore an old Stanley Bailey plane, (#7’s are not exactly abundant) and are reluctant to spend the $400 + for a high quality Lie-Nielsen hand plane, the Anant, from Highland Woodworking is a viable alternative that will not bust the budget. This #7 jointer plane is on sale/clearance for around $80. At first inspection I was impressed. The tote and knob are wood and the overall finish is excellent. The plane is well machined and the frog req...

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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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Excellent low cost Hand planes

Excellent low cost Hand planes

10-05-2009 02:03 PM by Tony | 13 comments »

I have just completed this review on a Chinese imported hand plane. This hand plane looks remarkably like the WoodRiver Hand planes supplied by WoodCraft, so I thought that you might like to read the review I wrote about a similar hand plane over here in Finland. The report is in pdf format which you can down load it if you wish to read the full report. Summary: A well engineered hand plane, which has a positive feel to it as soon as you pick it up. The weight of the plane is a definit...

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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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Veritas Bevel Up Jointer Plane

Veritas Bevel Up Jointer Plane

11-21-2012 03:10 PM by jasondain | 8 comments »

Over the past month or so, I have been working on a Benchcrafted Split Top Roubo workbench (more on that in later posts). At this point, I’m in the home stretch flattening the top and I had bought this plane in anticipation of using it for flattening the top of the bench once it was ready. I have built other projects in the past where I could have used this but used my Bevel-up smoother for the task instead (I know, not technically for the purpose but it worked fine). I spent a few h...

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Cheap, but Workable

Cheap, but Workable

10-12-2009 08:54 AM by Jimi_C | 14 comments »

At $22.95, this plane is dirt cheap, and as such I was fully expecting to have to do some work on it in order to get it into usable condition. The only other plane I have is a Stanley SB4, which is apparently a British version of the #4 (weird that I got it at Lowes a couple of years ago). That plane is shown in the second picture I attached to the review, and it should be evident what the major issue with that plane is – the two screws that control depth of cut. Rather than having a...

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