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Wood River #6 V3 (Fore Plane)

Wood River #6 V3 (Fore Plane)

07-22-2010 05:38 AM 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

06-26-2010 06:06 PM 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.

06-21-2010 01:33 AM 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

06-15-2010 01:40 PM by gardentiger | 8 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

06-12-2010 09:51 AM 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

06-08-2010 05:25 AM 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

06-06-2010 02:58 AM 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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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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Stanley Sweetheart 9 1/2

Stanley Sweetheart 9 1/2

05-17-2010 10:11 PM by HighRockWoodworking | 20 comments »

I must say that when I first read about the Stanley’s Sweetheart line I was a bit apprehensive. When thinking of a Stanley I normally think of what your everyday box store carries or an old plane I might find at a garage sale and not a high end woodworking tool. I needed a new block plane and thought why not try the Stanley Sweetheart 9 1/2. Out of the box the plane has a nice weight to it, feels good in your hand, and looks great. The thick A-2 iron cut better than I thought out ...

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Quickley removes excess wood

Quickley removes excess wood

05-08-2010 04:42 AM by jerryo | 5 comments »

This plane fits in my hand like a glove and performs great. It is a wooden body plane with a thick iron which is very cambered. The iron was sharp right out of the box ready to use. The light weight of the plane has no adverse effects when planing a board. I tryed it out on a piece of wormy maple and it took thick scaloped shavings with ease planing diagonally to the grain. The planes main use is to remove large amounts of wood quickley. This will do the same job as a thickness planer, albeit...

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