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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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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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Footprint 247H Block Plane - A review from a beginner's perspective

Footprint 247H Block Plane - A review from a beginner's perspective

08-26-2009 01:57 PM by KellyS | 3 comments »

My opinion and review of a 247H Block Plane from Footprint tools:This is my personal opinion; we all know what opinions are like. If I hurt anyone’s feelings, I apologize. Rockler recently advertised these block planes on sale for $9.99. My wife talked me into buying one. (My first rule, if the wife offers to let me buy a tool, I never turn her down…That’s just bad form!) So I decided to buy it. It’s a very basic, no frills block plane, the mouth is non-adjustable, the blade has to be posi...

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Lie-Nielsen Shoulder Plane

Lie-Nielsen Shoulder Plane

05-20-2010 02:12 AM by HighRockWoodworking | 13 comments »

Some tools are just hard to write a review about because there is just not much you can say negatively about them, that is the way it is with the Lie-Nielsen Shoulder Plane. Many might think that a shoulder plane in not a necessity in the shop but I have to say I use mine all the time. The most common use for myself is trimming tenons. With the blade set flush with the outside edge I can clean out right to the shoulder. The plane also excels at cleaning out dados and rabbits. I have ev...

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Is it worth $500?

Is it worth $500?

08-23-2011 07:03 PM by Jorge G. | 14 comments »

It all depends. Here is my philosophy for buying tools, if I say to myself “Gee it would be nice to have XXXXX tool so I could make this operation easier” 3 times, then I buy the tool. I do it this way because I know that I will be using the tool, and it makes my woodworking easier. Shooting a board is one of those operations that seem simple enough, just make a shooting board and shave the end grain with a plane. THe problems comes with the execution. At least for me. I tried ...

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Believe the Hype...

Believe the Hype...

07-31-2010 03:07 AM by Ollie | 14 comments »

Ok, I took the plunge, my two previous block planes were annoying me. On the Irwin 60 1/2 low angle, the blade just kept moving no matter what I did,and the adjustable throat was always out of square since I got it. The Stanley 9 1/2 was Ok but the throat is huge and it can tear out even a gentle wave in the grain, also fairly pointless on end grain. I read all sorts of block plane tests online and in magazines, the conclusion seemed to be that the Veritas or Lie Nielsen planes were both v...

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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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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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Kunz 112 scraper plane.

Kunz 112 scraper plane.

05-17-2011 09:32 PM by Florida_Jim | 2 comments »

I was toying with the idea of getting a scraper plane. I hate sanding. I have arthritis in my fingers, so a card scraper hurts my fingers too much after a short period.I looked at Stanley 112’s on the”Bay”, but they’re too too pricey for me. Lie-Nielsen or Lee Valley 112 versions might be in my future. I was at my local Woodcraft store. Scrapers came up. The manager checked, and discovered he had one Kunz 112 that they’ve had for a few years. After some searching they found it in the back war...

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Hock Plane Iron

Hock Plane Iron

07-13-2009 06:12 AM by blackcherry | 14 comments »

My latest project was constructing a wooden hand plane / smoother type. The blade that I ordered came from Hock a company out of Ft. Bragg California. This company has been in business since 1982 and makes a vary of blade for all your hand plane needs along with carving knives and such. This is the first time I’ve purchase any of there wares. I order two blade at a cost of 52.00 a piece which seem to be expensive but the rep. on these blade are that they last and hold a very sharp ed...

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