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Lee Valley Bench Plane Blade and Chip Breaker Set - Stanley/Record

Lee Valley Bench Plane Blade and Chip Breaker Set - Stanley/Record

04-06-2013 10:34 PM by knothead | 8 comments »

Well, Lee Valley has done it again….. After trying for years to get my #4 Smoother working as well as it should, (Always getting close but not quite there) I finally gave up and ordered this Plane Blade and Chip Breaker Set to replace an original cutter and chip breaker in my Stanley #4 smoother. I have previously purchased a Hock replacement blade for my #5 and liked it but they are a little spendy so I set out to see what was available, The Pinnacle blades looked good but seem a l...

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Square Joints with a Hand Plane

Square Joints with a Hand Plane

06-28-2009 04:33 PM by CreekWoodworker | 8 comments »

I’ve had trouble getting perfectly square leg tapers and joints with my hand planes so decide to try out the Veritas Jointer Fence sold by Lee Valley. I was a little leery of it since it is attached to the side of a hand plane by magnets …can magnets really hold or will the fence pop off with every swipe? It comes with a stop that screw that fits into pre-drilled threaded holes in the fence (NO holes or screws into the plane). There are two sets of stop positions in front and...

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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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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 Jointer Plane

Veritas Jointer Plane

02-10-2011 03:20 AM by ChunkyC | 6 comments »

(you can click the picture to go to Lee-Valley’s web site and read more if you so desire.) With Veritas I expect a good quality, mid-range tool and that’s exactly what I got. Like a kid at Christmas, I had to take a few swipes with it last night right out of the box. It did ok out of the box. Tonight I honed the blade and started getting her setup. The blade, the O1 version, was not as flat as I would have expected so I had to spend a good amount of time getting the back f...

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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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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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A decent plane, but it takes some work to get there!

A decent plane, but it takes some work to get there!

02-19-2010 12:36 AM by dfdye | 35 comments »

Quick recommendation: Only buy this if it is between this and a cheap Stanley. I saw this plane on sale for $25 at Sears, and had to pick it up. When I first got it out of the box, the handle was a little lose, but a quick turn of a screwdriver fixed that issue pretty quickly. Unfortunately, that was the only “quick” fix. The sole of the plane is nowhere near flat, and the deep scratches on the body are a royal pain to work out. I spent a bunch of time trying to “g...

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Wood River #62 low angle Jack Plane

Wood River #62 low angle Jack Plane

08-09-2014 06:26 PM by Florida_Jim | 8 comments »

I’ve wanted a bevel up jack plane for a while. When Wood River brought out their #62, I agonized over paying extra for the lee valley. I have a V3, #4, #5, and a low angle block plane that I’m very happy with. I had a discount coupon so I bought the wood river #62. Out of the box, it was a beauty. The sole was flat, and the sides were dead on square. I bought an extra 25 degree blade, and the 40 degree blade. I polished, and sharpened the blades. I sharpened the 40, and one of the 25’s with a...

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Stanley Sweetheart 9 1/2

Stanley Sweetheart 9 1/2

05-17-2010 10:11 PM by HighRockWoodworking | 20 comments »

I must say that when I first read about the Stanley’s Sweetheart line I was a bit apprehensive. When thinking of a Stanley I normally think of what your everyday box store carries or an old plane I might find at a garage sale and not a high end woodworking tool. I needed a new block plane and thought why not try the Stanley Sweetheart 9 1/2. Out of the box the plane has a nice weight to it, feels good in your hand, and looks great. The thick A-2 iron cut better than I thought out ...

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