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Stanley Sweetheart Low Angle Block Plane

Stanley Sweetheart Low Angle Block Plane

1398 days ago 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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One of the best buys of my life...

One of the best buys of my life...

1410 days ago by moshel | 9 comments »

At last, something you guys in the US can’t get! Over the NZLJ milling weekend, grimt showed me a plane he purchased some time ago that was refurbished by Philip Marcou. I was most impressed with the plane but it seems that Philip stopped selling them. As you do (or don’t) know, Philip Marcou is one of the top high end plane makers in the world (read the reviews on his site). His planes are beautiful, and probably an experience to use, and just from watching the pictures you wa...

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Believe the Hype...

Believe the Hype...

1458 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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Wood River #6 V3 (Fore Plane)

Wood River #6 V3 (Fore Plane)

1467 days ago by psfolio | 9 comments »

So, I got home. Cleaned the oil off of the plane and checked it out. Very impressed. Granted I am moving up from a Old Miller Falls plane, Impressed none the less. The fit and finish of this plane is very nice. The handles are super comfortable. Pushing it along the wood just feels right and is effortless. Right out of the box the blade was really sharp. I achieved shavings no problem. The back was very flat and needed minor working. Actually while working the back it was actually hard ...

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Groz Smoother #4 Plane

Groz Smoother #4 Plane

1492 days ago by Gerry | 10 comments »

The Good: 1. The plane has all the parts needed, and the sole was relatively flat to start. From there, the tool began to fall short. The Bad: 1. The frog surface was not flat. 2. the blade-breaker combination was not easy to align, 3. The rear handle was loose, and 4 cleaning all the grease off the tool was time consuming, but expected. Here is the detail of my experience, and what I did to correct the tool and make it quite usable: I have a Stanley block plane and an older Stanley Bai...

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Save some money if you want to do alot of work.

Save some money if you want to do alot of work.

1498 days ago by JBoss | 12 comments »

I had a tough time trying to figure out what rating to give this thing. Half way through truing the sole I was thinking 1 star was way too much, but when finished it makes great cuts. Pros: 1. Cheap. Twenty bucks won’t put a down payment on a Veritas or Lie-Nielson, but it let me walk out of the box store with this guy. 2. When tuned up it makes great shavings. Cuts like a dream through everything but end grain so far, the 25 degree bevel is not steep enough to handle end grain well or an...

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veritas scraper plane

veritas scraper plane

1503 days ago by gardentiger | 7 comments »

A beautifully crafted tool. Blade was sharp and did a great job on an end grain cutting board i’ve been trying to smooth. Sharpening a tool like this has quite a learning curve. Corners of the blade need to be rounded. The plane is much larger than it appears in pictures. It’s gonna be a fun one.

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High-tech and versatile skew block plane

High-tech and versatile skew block plane

1506 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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Wonderful Plane

Wonderful Plane

1511 days ago by Bud | 12 comments »

A tear came to my eye when I unpackaged this plane. I love everything about it. It’s heavy and all machined surfaces are smooth and flat. Other than honing the iron and waxing the sole no tuning is required. This is a very versatile plane. The three bevel-up planes from Veritas all accept the same size iron making them interchangeable. This is especially relevant with bevel up planes because the effective cutting angle can be changed by altering the the bevel angle of the iron, ...

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Anant jointer plane - an inexpensive option

Anant jointer plane - an inexpensive option

1513 days ago 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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