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disappointed in Veritas

disappointed in Veritas

01-22-2015 04:21 PM by libraryman | 11 comments »

My son presented with me with a Veritas low angle spokeshave for Christmas. We were going to use it for shaping an oak axe handle we had cut out. I initially tested it on Christmas day using some pine and cherry scraps around the shop. Worked great on this fairly soft wood. However when we later tried to shape the oak handle the problems began. The blade is held in place by two bolt heads which contact side bevels on the blade. The instructions for the shave say you need to sand the back of ...

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Good Plane for the Money

Good Plane for the Money

01-09-2015 02:52 PM by mramseyISU | 3 comments »

I’ve had this plane for about 6 months now so I think that’s enough time using it to make up my mind. I picked this up on a trip to Rockler, I hadn’t planned on buying it but I had been wanting a No 4. Out of the box I justs tried it out on some white oak and with just a couple adjustments it was working great. When I did flatten the sole it took maybe a dozen passes on 220 sandpaper stuck down to my table say. Way less effort than any vintage stanley I’ve ever tuned u...

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Ray Iles plane irons

Ray Iles plane irons

01-08-2015 07:19 PM by mafe | 10 comments »

Ray Iles plane irons Really wonderful irons, thicker than standard app 3mm (left) instead of the normal 2mm (right).I choose the O1 carbon steel hardened to RC59-61, this is easy to touch up. Comes in a protection pack and blade end are dipped in wax.Before using it, I gave it a hone, this because I like to be able to compare with what I usually do. Since it’s thicker you might have to move the frog or open the mouth a wee bit on you plane. I have been using the iro...

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Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane

Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane

11-18-2014 12:25 AM by Chuck Anstrom | 10 comments »

Earlier this year, I purchased a Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane from Lee Valley. I have one other Veritas plane, a Medium Shoulder Plane. Like the first, the Low Angle Jack Plane is a tool of beauty. Superbly crafted and machined, it is a pleasure to use. Last week, I received a letter informing me of a possible fault in the plane. I checked my plane and the fault did not exist. I find it unique and extraordinary that a firm would provide this level of service—— If it is n...

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Video comments on working with the plane

Video comments on working with the plane

10-25-2014 11:35 PM by Loren | 9 comments »

Plane works well if I an attentive to my methods and iron sharpness.

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Even Better With A Few Modifications

Even Better With A Few Modifications

10-21-2014 09:38 PM by OSU55 | 7 comments »

I’ve had one of these for about 2-1/2 years. Typical of Lee Valley / Veritas tools, everything’s great. You can read all about adjustments, available blades, and the rest in the manual from their website. The tool provides excellent results, but does have a learning curve, and there are a couple of things that make it an even better tool. Initially I ended up with an overly aggressive cut. It would dig in and stop, spin around, sometimes feeling like a slot car on a wiggly piece of track ...

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Design Limited

Design Limited

10-12-2014 11:25 PM by OSU55 | 7 comments »

I recently purchased this little jewel off Craigslist for $50 (retail $115). This is the low angle version 102, not the standard angle 103. The seller had been a product mgr for Woodcraft back in the ‘80’s, and had acquired the plane then. It had not seen much use – I don’t think it had even been honed. I don’t think it would have worked all that well as there were raised areas at the rear corners of the mouth, possibly from excessive force in use (dull blade?) o...

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Works Well with Only One Negative

Works Well with Only One Negative

09-28-2014 10:03 PM by walden | 38 comments »

I purchased Lee Valley’s new Veritas custom plane when it first became available. After messing around with it for a few days, here are my thoughts. 1) The plane is built well and looks a lot better than their old line of bench planes. It feels nice and heavy and is about the same weight as a Lie-Nielsen (LN) #5. I bought mine with the “medium” traditional tote in the back and the middle-sized knob in the front. This gives it the same feeling in the hand as old Stanley or...

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Handmade Wooden Hand Plane Sets

Handmade Wooden Hand Plane Sets

09-19-2014 08:12 PM by Dennis Zongker | 6 comments »

When I first received the box with a set of handplanes. I was quite impressed with their clean and crisp design also with the marquetry emblem on the side really adds to the overall appearance. I have been waiting to write a review until after I had a chance to use them on a real project. So I used the planes while working my next box, which is made out of sold Wenge, and anybody that has worked with wenge they know it is very hard and brittle. The completed set comes with: one utility pla...

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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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