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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

1780 days ago 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

1514 days ago 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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Wood River #6 Fore Plane (V3)

Wood River #6 Fore Plane (V3)

911 days ago by Willeh | 10 comments »

Hi Folks, Few months back, I was at a woodworking show in toronto and came across the booth for Rob Cosman(http://www.robcosman.com/). He gave a very informative seminar about hand plane use and maintenance and was demonstrating with the Wood River #6. I Couldnt get over the quality of the plane for the price, and when taking a turn to try it out, really liked the feel of it. I ended up buying one off him at the show for the show special price of $175. I was extra happy because he pulle...

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Cheap, but Workable

Cheap, but Workable

1734 days ago 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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Is it worth $500?

Is it worth $500?

1053 days ago by Jorge G. | 13 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...

1442 days ago 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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Hock Plane Iron

Hock Plane Iron

1825 days ago 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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High-tech and versatile skew block plane

High-tech and versatile skew block plane

1491 days ago by live4ever | 5 comments »

I’ve never been able to restore a cheap or older block plane to complete satisfaction. Not knowing whether it was me or whether I was working with inferior quality, I became frustrated and resigned myself to never experiencing the titillating joy of transparent shavings and effortless planing. I began considering simply purchasing a high-quality block plane, either a Lie-Nielsen or Veritas, because I had wasted enough time trying to restore junk and a properly tuned block plane is t...

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Kunz 112 scraper plane.

Kunz 112 scraper plane.

1151 days ago 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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Veritas Router Plane

Veritas Router Plane

1228 days ago by HighRockWoodworking | 13 comments »

My wife recently surprised me with a Veritas Router Plane and Router Plane Fence. She knows that I am like a kid in a candy store when it comes to new tools. I have always wanted a router plane but only had one occasion to even use one, it was a class that Marc Spagnuolo (The Wood Whisperer) was giving at the Highland Hardware Store here in Atlanta. I loved the tool and immediately thought of a thousand used for it but only added it to my wish list. My wife always keeps a few tool mag...

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