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Great value cast bronze router kit from ebay.

Great value cast bronze router kit from ebay.

02-27-2016 02:05 AM by Babieca | 2 comments »

I decided to build a router plane and went on ebay looking for a blade and instead came across this cast bronze kit from St. James Bay Tool Co. This model normally comes as part of a 2 router set for $85, but this single without handles was $25. I assume these were on ebay because the castings aren’t perfect. As you can see on the photos above, one of the mounting holes for the wood handles was a little out of round. The set screw was also not finished. However, the bottom is flat an...

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First impressions (and with limited experience)

First impressions (and with limited experience)

02-02-2016 07:40 PM by bonobo | 11 comments »

I’ve only used it for an evening but unless something strips or breaks, I’m very satisfied with it. My only previous experience was with Garrett Hack’s block shaped scratch stock found at Fine Woodworking. My problem with it was that an instant of inattention mean’t that the fence could lose registration, jump, and tear up the bead. It happened enough that I was planning to build a more traditional style version. When this scratch stock came up, I figured what the h...

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Veritas Cabinet Scraper

Veritas Cabinet Scraper

01-20-2016 05:54 AM by athomas5009 | 7 comments »

For Christmas I received the Veritas Cabinet Scraper w/EX blade. I really wanted a cab scraber because I hear they were amazing tools and I heard it was hard to beat the price of the Veritas Not to mentioned it was slightly bigger than the No 80 and had a thicker blade. Well let me tell you Veritas didn’t disappoint. out of the box the fit and finish was excellent, the sole was flat and the blade was ready to take a decent shaving. I used the stock blade for a cpl of hrs with no prob...

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Best hand tool I have bought

Best hand tool I have bought

12-18-2015 05:43 PM by BigAxe | 3 comments »

Wow! This is one of the best tools I have ever bought. I flattened a 6 foot cherry board in less time than it took me to take the plane out of the box. This is the first scrub plane I have used so I don’t have much to compare it to other than my no 4 Stanley I used to use. Some of the reviews I read indicate that weight may be a problem, but it is not very heavy and when I use it I never lift the plane off my work. The mass actually works to your advantage.

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Lie Nielson #51 plane

Lie Nielson #51 plane

08-01-2015 09:21 PM by MC | 4 comments »

Completed the new shooting board to go with my new plane from LN using the plans that came with the plane. As soon as the board was finished I started grabbing various pieces of scrap to try out the new plane. The 51 is heavy, the momentum helps move the plane with skewed blade through all types of wood with ease. Included in my testing today were pieces of Mahogany, Hard Maple, QSWO, and pine. Without any additional sharpening the plane cut through all wood end grain with ease. Should hav...

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Lie-Nielsen No. 2 Bench Plane

Lie-Nielsen No. 2 Bench Plane

07-15-2015 04:42 PM by Matthew Morris | 10 comments »

View on YouTube I love to use my hand planes. For a while I’ve been wanting a smoothing plane that was smaller then my No. 4. I finally pulled the trigger and bought a Lie-Nielsen No. 2. This is my review of the plane after using it for a few weeks in my shop. Want to know more?Visit the website http://www.mmwoodstudio.com/Follow the shop on Instagram http://instagram.com/mmwoodstudioLike us on Facebook http://facebook.com/mmwoodstudioSubscribe to my YouTube Channel: http://www.you...

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Nice little addition to help curb your plane collecting OCD

Nice little addition to help curb your plane collecting OCD

07-14-2015 12:23 AM by SPHinTampa | 4 comments »

I am guessing that many of the people who bought this plane are driven by the OCD need to complete their entire collection of Stanley bench planes (I will post a picture of my BedRock 608 one day). At $119, this option is roughly $800 cheaper than buying the real thing. I do not have a real Stanley #1 to compare against but I will say that these planes are not nearly as useless as they are reported in some circles. I used this plane to smooth 1/4” drawer sides during the constructi...

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Kunz Plus #3 preliminary review

Kunz Plus #3 preliminary review

06-08-2015 01:04 AM by knockknock | 8 comments »

Why would I buy a Kunz plane? I blame it on Rob Lee (Lee Valley / Veritas) for not making a bevel down Number 3. I have been using a Wood River #3, but I like a full fisted grip. With my medium sized palm and small fingers, the Wood River #3 squeezes my hand when I use a full fisted grip. So after searching and translating many pages, I decided to try the Kunz Plus #3 which has an open tote / handle. A little background: I am not a highly experienced or professional wood worker. I am an am...

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WoodRiver Ultimate Cabinet Maker's Kit (planes)

WoodRiver Ultimate Cabinet Maker's Kit (planes)

05-28-2015 03:43 AM by Wally331 | 14 comments »

I bought this kit about three years ago and have since used these planes on just about every project done since. I’ll split up the review into three parts- one for each plane in the set, then I’ll follow that up with general comments. #4 Smoother- This plane has been my go to plane since receiving the tools. Out of the box it definitely needed a honing and a good wipe down of the cosmoline covering the tool. The blade was nearly perfectly flat- didn’t take much work to br...

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Carver's Spoon Plane from Woodcraft

Carver's Spoon Plane from Woodcraft

05-24-2015 02:09 AM by SouthpawCA | 3 comments »

I purchased Woodcraft’s Carver’s Spoon Plane to clean up the edges on a sculpted chair seat. The first use on black walnut it worked out OK. However, on the 2nd chair seat, maple, the blade broke off. After looking at the construction, you can see in the picture, it appears there is very little metal holding the spoon onto the handle. The metal spoon is very cheap and can actually be bent by hand. It’s not expensive but you get what you pay for. I finished the job wi...

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