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Lie Nielsen block plane

Lie Nielsen block plane

09-27-2013 07:24 AM by Purrmaster | 4 comments »

This review is for the Lie Nielsen small bronze block plane. I’m pretty sure I got the low angle one. This plane is great. The Stanley Sweetheart block plane I have was ok but this thing is leagues ahead of it. It’s a dinky little critter with a 1 1/4 inch blade. Mine is made of bronze, though iron ones are available. The plane is perfectly made. The sides are perfectly square to the sole and the sole is flat as a pancake. The blade is nice and thick, especially for ...

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A Good Deal, If You Know What You're Getting

A Good Deal, If You Know What You're Getting

08-24-2013 05:31 PM by GeBeWubya | 5 comments »

Note: This review is an elaboration on my review at Amazon.com I am pleased with this plane. After lapping and honing, it did a good job cutting both long grain and cross grain rabbets. This is a shoulder plane (Iron goes all the way to the edge of the body) with a depth stop, fence, and side nicker (to cut across the end grain when planing across the grain). It also has 2 frogs to mount the iron, one normal near the center of the sole, and a second near the front of the plane for u...

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Great plane, great customer service, surprisingly bad quality control

Great plane, great customer service, surprisingly bad quality control

08-17-2013 08:41 PM by bobasaurus | 36 comments »

Let me start off by saying this is the best plane I’ve ever used. I can run it any direction with or against the grain and leave a mirror-smooth surface, taking translucent shavings. The reason I docked a star is Lie-Nielsen’s quality control isn’t very good. When I first received the plane (ordered brand new off their website), there were several problems: - The chipbreaker’s leading edge didn’t contact the blade, it was ground wrong. This means small sha...

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Prestige plane on a bargain budget....

Prestige plane on a bargain budget....

07-27-2013 11:59 PM by Benvolio | 6 comments »

This range of planes is currently being sold in the UK by Rutlands and Workshop Heaven. It is the understated half brother of the acclaimed Wood River planes sold on the other side of the Atlantic. Made, as I understand it in the same factory, but tweaked to different specifications according to the badge that’s put on it, and the shop that sells it. The heart of this plane is the pre-tensioned steel body. A happy evolution of the old cast iron plane bodies of yore, the steel one ...

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Kunz Scraper Plane, an excellent product

Kunz Scraper Plane, an excellent product

05-28-2013 03:50 PM by stefang | 26 comments »

THE SOURCEI bought this scraper plane from a German mail order company Dictum. Probably not the best source if you don’t live in Europe. The good news is that they sell some of their products in the States and maybe Canada too. I can’t buy tools like this in a store where I live, so I have to buy mail order. I have learned to trust the German tools as they have never disappointed me yet. This scraper plane is no exception. This tool is in the ‘good value’ category...

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Hock Blades plane iron and cap iron (chip breaker)

Hock Blades plane iron and cap iron (chip breaker)

05-26-2013 07:42 PM by ic3ss | 6 comments »

I’ve been wanting to upgrade the blade in this plane since I restored it a while back. The iron is almost gone and pitted badly and the cap iron is mainly what has prevented this plane from being used in my shop as it chatters really bad. I’ve tried sharpening and flattening the blade, and re-shaping the cap iron but it’s warped so bad it will never work. I finally put out the cash for a blade I picked up from Woodcraft but they didn’t have a cap iron in 2-5/8” w...

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Stanley Flatbase Spokeshave

Stanley Flatbase Spokeshave

05-24-2013 05:08 PM by Nugs | 5 comments »

One of my first woodworking projects was carving a canoe paddle, I didn’t want to spend too much on tools because I wasn’t sure if I would like the hobby. I picked up this spokeshave on Amazon for a reasonable price of $20. I’ve had a lot of problems with it but with some small modifications it was a pretty usable tool. My first issue was with it jamming up, no matter how thin I would set it, the shavings would jam it and I would have to take it apart to unclog it. My sol...

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Nice Ash Planes - Jack Ash

Nice Ash Planes - Jack Ash

04-26-2013 05:02 PM by Mauricio | 13 comments »

Rhett with Nice Ash planes sent me a plane to review which I was happy to do. The only thing I’ve used close to this plane is a Krenov plane I made with a hock iron. This plane I received works far better than the one I made in many ways. I guess this one would be their “Jack Ash” size. In any case I think it is a very versatile size plane. More on that in a minute… Presentation:Upon opening the package the initial presentation was pretty nice. The package was wrapped in paper and se...

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Nice Ash Smoother

Nice Ash Smoother

04-20-2013 12:31 AM by Don W | 16 comments »

I offered to do a review on the Nice Ash plane. Wood planes always intrigued me. I’ve restored a lot of them. They are stuck in corners, on shelves and above cabinets all over my house and shop. With a few exception, everyone has been made to work. The only ones I typically use though are a couple I made myself, but I normally use metal planes. I gave this a 3 and would have gone to 3.5 if I could. I believe part of the reason for the lower score is this plane is one of the first 25 ...

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Now THIS is a Nice Ash plane!

Now THIS is a Nice Ash plane!

04-17-2013 04:53 PM by RaggedKerf | 11 comments »

There is just something about wooden hand planes that makes you want to pick one up. I think for me, it’s the warmth of the wood—-the tactile sensation of the wooden plane body compared to the cold steel of a modern plane. I have admired many wooden planes from afar, but no longer! I recently received this little gem to review (the gnomon is 6”): The new Nice Ash Block Plane, from Nice Ash Planes. For this review, I’ll be focusing on four key points to delive...

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