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A fun joinery plane

A fun joinery plane

04-30-2008 06:23 AM by johnjoiner | 14 comments »

First off, I’ll point out that I have nothing to compare this to. I have never used any other plow plane, and have little experience with any other kinds of joinery planes. This is easy and fun to use. No tools are needed to do anything on this. Blade removal and all adjustments are toolless. The only thing I can think of to complain about is access to some of the knobs. I’d say I have average sized hands and fairly dexterous fingers. But I had trouble getting at the knob...

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Very Nice - Very Small Bench Plane

Very Nice - Very Small Bench Plane

02-29-2008 11:37 PM by RickH | 2 comments »

I picked up this Lie-Nielsen #1 bench plane several weeks ago at Woodcraft on sale, intrigued by it’s small size and quality. It is the first Lie-Nielsen plane I own (though I have a number of Veritas) and as you would expect from either of these brands it is extremely well made. With it’s brass body and maple handles it is almost too nice to use as a tool – it looks that nice. It is based on the famous Stanley No. 1, 5½” (14cm) long with a 1-3/16” (3cm) x ....

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Great Economy Scraper!

Great Economy Scraper!

02-29-2008 11:31 PM by Hawgnutz | 1 comment »

this scarper is a great economy CARBIDE scraper at half the cost of similarly equiped scrapers. its carbide tips can be flipped over when dull, to save time for sharpening until the job is finished. This scraper works really well to remove pencil and slight burn marks, as well as scraping the oldest paint! This is a versatile scraper! The large handle gives you unbeleivable control in tight spaces, yet lets you reduce pressure when needed. At only $18, normal price, this is a simple ad...

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Great Small In-Your-Hand Plane

Great Small In-Your-Hand Plane

02-29-2008 11:19 PM by RickH | 3 comments »

Owned this Veritas Apron plane for several weeks now, and like the other Veritas planes I have I found it to be extremely well made and a joy to use. This is one of the smallest I have in their line up, with only a 1 1/4” wide low angle, bevel up blade iron. It has a 5-1/2” x 1-3/4” ductile cast iron body for durability, and their great combination blade depth and blade angle adjuster. It is very comfortable to hold in your hand, and cuts very nicely. Ready to go rig...

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What a Dream... I love this Plane!

What a Dream... I love this Plane!

02-29-2008 07:28 PM by Chris | 7 comments »

This plane is my first foray into the world of Lie-Nielsen. WOW! I am impressed; we get so very used to mediocre products that when we get our hands on products with this level of craftsmanship it simply blows you away. Don’t get me wrong, I love my old planes. However, I hated using the block planes I had picked up here and there. They were just too difficult to use accurately. This plane was ready to go straight out of the box. The sole is, as far as I can tell, perfectly flat and the ...

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The Little Victor Plane from Lee Valley

The Little Victor Plane from Lee Valley

02-29-2008 03:15 PM by rikkor | 7 comments »

I bought this little plane mostly on a whim. I am simply amazed by how useful it has turned out to be. It is easy to use either one or two handed. It has Lee Valley quality throughout. The iron was very sharp when I got it. It has a cast iron body that just feels right. I believe the current price is about $35.00.

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Pretty Little Plane, but Mixed Results in Using It

Pretty Little Plane, but Mixed Results in Using It

02-29-2008 06:31 AM by Eric | 2 comments »

I found this little plane in a random hardware store just outside of Kuala Lumpur. It only cost about US$9, so why not? The plane is made by Mujingfang, a Hong Kong-based company that makes a number of wooden hand planes. The reviews I found from googling Mujingfang reveals that the planes are general of quite good quality, and most (if not all) are very reasonably priced. Despite the apparent high quality, it’s clear that these are mass-produced budget planes since, from their website,...

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Great Small Plane - Like a #3

Great Small Plane - Like a #3

02-24-2008 02:44 AM by RickH | 10 comments »

The tool I have owned for about a month is the Lee Valley-Veritas Low Angle Block plane, with optional rear vertical tote and wooden front knob. I originally bought in order to have a really high quality block plane, and decided to order the optional rear handle and front wooden knob in case I wanted to use this plane that way. On it’s own this LA plane is a fantastic tool:> Has adjustable front mouth to fine tune / optimize shaving control in difficult woods.> Very comfortable to...

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Oh the joys of smooooth wood

Oh the joys of smooooth wood

01-28-2008 06:04 AM by cajunpen | 10 comments »

This is a review that I posted a few months ago, but I thought that as long as we were going to have a “Review” section on the Forum that it should be here. The Veritas Bevel-Up Smoother Plane has added a whole new level to my woodworking projects. This is my first new plane and it is now my favorite. Right out of the box it was cutting wood as smooth as glass. I have since sharpened it and honed it and the cuts are even smoother. I hardly use sandpaper for my smaller proje...

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Veritas Large Shoulder Plane

Veritas Large Shoulder Plane

01-24-2008 02:16 AM by TheGravedigger | 13 comments »

Every now and then you stumble upon a tool that makes you wonder how you ever got by without it. For me, that was the shoulder plane. My present workbench base project was going to require 28 large mortise and tenon joints, and practice joints showed me that fitting was going to be difficult. I had tried a combination of block plane and chisel to clean up the tenon cheeks and shoulders, but the intersection of the shoulder and cheek kept causing me problems. The shoulder plane seemed like the...

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