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Circa 1850 Try Plane

Circa 1850 Try Plane

01-31-2011 03:23 AM by Dave | 19 comments »

I was in need of a joiner plane. I had come across this plane at a antiques shop in MS. For a grand total of $27.00. It needed a little work. The mouth was missing a chunk in front of it. On the blade is stamped [dwights french and co.]. On the nose of the plane is stamped [H. J. Nazero and co. of Milwaukee]. And all over the plane is stamped [B. F. Pfeiffer]. Doing some internet research. I can place the manufacture of the blade and the plane between 1850-60.Now with a piece of red oak. I r...

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E C Emmerich Dovetail Plane

E C Emmerich Dovetail Plane

01-23-2011 08:31 PM by TheGravedigger | 2 comments »

Most of us have something on our Christmas wish list that we didn’t get – the thing that you turn around and spend your cash gifts on. In my case, it was a dovetail plane. I like the idea of sliding dovetails for casework, but find fitting them to be a pain. Routing the socket is simple enough, but fine-tuning the router table fence for a perfect pin fit can drive me to distraction – all I have to do is breathe wrong to get it too loose. It seemed to me that ro...

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Nice scraper but difficult sweet spot

Nice scraper but difficult sweet spot

01-02-2011 06:17 PM by Chelios | 16 comments »

I got this scraper plane to see if I could get better results during surface prep for finishing. It cost $235 from the Lie Nielsen web page. The finish on the plane is flawless. It is a beauty and coming out of the box it created a lot of anticipation on what it was going to do for me. It has a very nice heft to it and a great blade. I honed the blade sharp like I do for all my planes and I started working with it. Right away I realized that this scraper was not going to be easy to ma...

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UK-Stanley No 92 Not Worth The Money Saved

UK-Stanley No 92 Not Worth The Money Saved

12-31-2010 08:42 PM by HorizontalMike | 13 comments »

In the process of building my first “major” WW project, a 21st Century Workbench, I found the need for acquiring a shoulder/rabbet plane to help clean up the shoulders on my dovetail cuts. I had already grunted through making my tenons via a single blade of my TS (precise but way too many cuts to clear the excess wood). Off I went to my local WC to shop for a shoulder plane. This #92 was offered up by the salesperson as the one they personally used the most and from prior dea...

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Veritas Router Plane - 2 Thumbs Up

Veritas Router Plane - 2 Thumbs Up

12-29-2010 08:44 AM by cmaeda | 10 comments »

I got the Veritas Router Plane as a gift from my (favorite) aunt so I have only had a few days to try it out but so far its’ really awesome.The fit and finish is excellent except that I spent maybe half an hour sanding the knobs and finishing it with oil but that’s just a personal preference.Honing the blades didn’t take too long except that the 1/2” straight blade had a small ding in it so I had to grind it out (an extra 20 minutes of so). But the other blades only t...

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Edge trimming plane

Edge trimming plane

12-24-2010 09:13 AM by gko | 13 comments »

On a recent trip to Vancouver, BC I picked up several planes which included the Veritas Skewed Edge Trimming Plane. There is a right and left hand version but if the boards two sides are decently flat you can just change the side the fence goes on so you can plane with the grain. Let me get to the bad first. The fence on the plane was not exactly 90 degrees but closer to about 91.5. When I planed two boards and matched them there was a crack of about 3 degrees. I could change the angle...

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A very nice Veritas plane...added some pictures

A very nice Veritas plane...added some pictures

12-20-2010 01:03 PM by gko | 11 comments »

My Amscope review was my first review so this is my first real wood working tool review. I picked up the Lee Valley Standard Low Angle Plane while on a trip to Vancouver. Somebody told me that there was not that much planing quality difference between the three low angle block planes. The more expensive ones sure looked sleek and sexy but there were some other things I wanted to buy there and felt I needed to cut costs if there was not going to be a big enough difference. I got it with ...

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Awesome product, exactly as advertised

Awesome product, exactly as advertised

12-07-2010 07:55 AM by JasonD | 17 comments »

My jointer plane is a vintage Stanley #7 SweetHeart that I bought off of eBay for $60. I spent a day truing up the sole and frog, along with another 3 or so days working on the blade and chipbreaker. I’ve used it like that for a few months, sharpening the blade about once a week as needed. It always worked “okay”, but I felt like it could be better. This was the first and only jointer plane I’ve ever owned. So I didn’t really have anything to compare it to as ...

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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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Silent Woodworking...

Silent Woodworking...

11-15-2010 06:25 AM by DoctorDan | 12 comments »

Today I got to test out my new Veritas Small Plow Plane. It’s an unusual looking plane that is designed to form grooves (primarily rabbets parallel to the grain). I used it today to form a 3/8” wide by 5/16” deep rabbet to receive the base panel on the wax melter project. At this it was quick, easy and efficient. Compared with a electric router it was nearly silent, was faster to set up, and produced as good a finish without the dangers (to self and timber) of using a router...

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