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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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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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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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Stanley Sweetheart 12-137 No. 62 Low angle Jack plane

Stanley Sweetheart 12-137 No. 62 Low angle Jack plane

03-04-2014 08:00 AM by Gerry | 16 comments »

Unbelievable! This is my first experience with a “reputed to be” a premium level wood plane. I am what one might call a “Hybrid” woodworker, and find myself using hand tools more and more. In using a very old Stanley No. 4 Smoother with my shooting board, even thought it works OK when well sharpened, I’ve not been entirely happy with the way it feels when cutting, nor with the results. Recently, Fine Woodworking put up a video about low angle bevel up jack planes by Garret Hack. H...

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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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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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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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One Amazing Jointer

One Amazing Jointer

01-22-2008 03:38 AM by Mike Lingenfelter | 2 comments »

This #7 was my most recent purchase. It’s one big plane! I’ve used it to flatten some boards that I had ran through my thickness planer. These boards were being laminated together so the surfaces needed to be very flat. You would think a board coming out of a power planer would be flat. A few passes with the #7 shows you that board is far from flat. It also easily removes the snipe you can get with a power planer. The quality of this tool is outstanding. Lie-Nielsen also...

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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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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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