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Upgrade for Stanley Knob and Tote

Upgrade for Stanley Knob and Tote

04-06-2014 11:02 AM by JohnChung | 9 comments »

I bought a Stanley handplane #4 made in Sheffield. Over the year I have upgraded the chip breaker to LV and my latest addition is the knob and tote. The service provided by Greg is simply excellent. I had to provide some feedback like the type of make it was including snapshot of the mounting screws the handplane was using. After the tote and knob was made, Greg sent me a photo of the set installed on a handplane. It really helps visualizing the upgrade. He took the time to choose the righ...

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Veritas jointer fence

Veritas jointer fence

03-29-2014 04:35 PM by naked_wookie | 4 comments »

I recently picked up the veritas jointer fence from lee valley to use with my low angle jack plane to joint some 6/4 walnut for my wifes desk.I am fairly new to hand tools and with that I am not the steadiest when prepping boards edges yet.This fence changed that. I was able to joint the entire 7 foot length of my boards smoothly and nice and square.The instructions for this tool are very clear and explain what to do if your planes wings aren’t square to the sole.Thankfully mine is so t...

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Rob Cosman's Ruthlessly Propagated Plane Blade and Chipbreaker

Rob Cosman's Ruthlessly Propagated Plane Blade and Chipbreaker

03-19-2014 05:32 AM by TheWoodenOyster | 10 comments »

Hey there everyone. I have been feeling bad lately because all I do is read reviews. I am going to try try to start writing more. So here it goes. I always wondered about the aftermarket plane blades and whether or not they made much of a difference. Well, I got a good old No.4 about 6 months ago and figured I would have a go with one of the 2” IBC Pinnacle blade and chipbreaker sets that Rob Cosman ruthlessly advertises. The blade and breaker showed up and little honing was re...

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Stanley Sweetheart 12-137 No. 62 Low angle Jack plane

Stanley Sweetheart 12-137 No. 62 Low angle Jack plane

03-04-2014 08:00 AM by Gerry | 16 comments »

Unbelievable! This is my first experience with a “reputed to be” a premium level wood plane. I am what one might call a “Hybrid” woodworker, and find myself using hand tools more and more. In using a very old Stanley No. 4 Smoother with my shooting board, even thought it works OK when well sharpened, I’ve not been entirely happy with the way it feels when cutting, nor with the results. Recently, Fine Woodworking put up a video about low angle bevel up jack planes by Garret Hack. H...

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Exceptional performance at a reasonable price

Exceptional performance at a reasonable price

02-03-2014 01:17 AM by Julian | 4 comments »

I purchased the medium WoodRiver shoulder plane in December; it was 20% off and then I had an additional $10 coupon. Before tax; $110. This deal was too good to pass up. After a few minutes on a 4000 grit water stone the blade was razor sharp. The body was perfectly square and the blade adjustment works very smoothly. I have never used a Veritas or Lie Nielson should plane and cannot compare the WoodRiver plane to the others. I am very pleased with the WoodRiver shoulder plane and would r...

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Veritas Cabinet Scraper

Veritas Cabinet Scraper

02-01-2014 03:30 AM by Jeff_in_LSMO | 5 comments »

Is it weird that the whole time I was using my new Veritas Cabinet Scraper I was singing Sophie B. Hawkins’ line, “Damn, I which I was your lover,” over and over in my head? I know where it started… sorry, I was distracted by my four year old, Jane, who apparently was turned down by a boy in class today and she is really sad… back to it… it started when I took my first pass. Shhhhwit, a perfect shaving. “Damn,” the damn of amazement, not the ...

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Another Great Lie-Nielsen

Another Great Lie-Nielsen

12-30-2013 01:39 AM by mcase | 11 comments »

I have been messing around with this plane for about a month now – trying it sharpened at different angles and degrees of convex, using it in different woods and grains etc. I have made a lot shavings with it, but I wanted to put this plane to some real-world use before writing this review. I just finished the cherry panels for eleven cabinet doors with it. So I can now make some credible comments on it. As you might expect from Lie-Nielsen, its a real pretty plane and all you had ...

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WoodRiver #92 Medium Shoulder Plane

WoodRiver #92 Medium Shoulder Plane

12-27-2013 03:56 PM by woodmaker | 7 comments »

Have I mentioned I have the best wife in the world! Found this under the Xmas treel. What a beauty, feels good in the hand, nice heft to it. Will have to research how to prep it for use and the sharpening angle etc.. More review will be added later, but see no reason not to do 5 stars. I pulled it apart and put it ack together and no pieces were broken/cracked etc. Hmm, I’ll have to cut some dado’s and tennons so I can use it. LOL! Like i need an excuse.

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Veritas Wooden Plane Kit

Veritas Wooden Plane Kit

12-19-2013 03:04 AM by Woodbridge | 6 comments »

Over the last 12 months, I’ve made a few Krenov style wooden hand planes and also collected and refurbished a number of old Stanley and Record planes. I now have a nice collection of number 3, 4,5,6, and 7 planes, all of them capable of cutting wispy shavings. I am giving a presentation in the new year to the woodworking club I belong to on making wooden hand planes. I noticed a few weeks ago that Lee Valley/Veritas has introduced a Wooden Plane Hardware kit with s Norris style ...

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ECE Jack plane

ECE Jack plane

11-22-2013 08:06 PM by arthurbvb | 7 comments »

I have this plane now for two years. I have the version with the ironwood sole. I really enjoy using this plane. It is one of the tools that I use the most. I mainly use it on pine, but also one beech, walnut and maple.This plane literary glides over the wood and takes no effort to plane. I also have a wooden jointer plane and a low angle jack plane but I rarely use them. This small plane however is much more comfortable to use. For big projects I of course use the jointer and for shooting en...

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