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Woodriver gets it right

Woodriver gets it right

958 days ago by mcase | 25 comments »

I posted a poor review of Woodriver planes a couple of years ago. However Woodcraft has come out with a much improved version called the V3. Woodcraft had them on sale so I picked up a #4. Arguably it needed no tuning and with a quick honing could have been used right out of the box. I did however strip it down and tune it for my own compulsive reasons. The sole was very true and it hardly took five minutes to get it to within 1.5 thousands. The blade which is A2 steel was slightly ...

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Lie-Nielsen Rabbet Block Plane (with Nickers) - Awesome

Lie-Nielsen Rabbet Block Plane (with Nickers) - Awesome

997 days ago by semmons23 | 5 comments »

I’ve posted a review of this hand plane on my blog – check it out if you’re interested. http://www.thedustydeveloper.com/2011/09/lie-nielsen-rabbet-block-plane-60-12-r.html

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Good value, but probably not the last block plane you will ever buy.

Good value, but probably not the last block plane you will ever buy.

1001 days ago by DylanC | 4 comments »

From the Stanley Website: Ideal for planing end grain and plastic materials 12-920 block plane has a fully adjustable cutter resting at 21° Gray, cast-iron base with precision-ground sides and bottom Finger grips machined into sides make single-handed use easy Hardened, tempered steel gives precision-ground cutter edge durability Cutter adjusts for depth and alignment, offering precise control Durable epoxy coating for long-lasting protection Quick-release cam-lock m...

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Veritas Small BU Smoother

Veritas Small BU Smoother

1002 days ago by Derek Cohen | 1 comment »

Link: http://www.inthewoodshop.com/ToolReviews/TheVeritasSmallBUSmoother.html Regards from Perth Derek Other tool reviews at http://www.inthewoodshop.com

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Veritas Bevel-up planes

Veritas Bevel-up planes

1010 days ago by Newage Neanderthal | 5 comments »

I am reviewing these planes as a set because for me that is how they were purchased and that is how they are used. I will be focusing more their use than how well made they are, primarily because it is already well known that they are top notch in that regard and me saying they’re machined nicely doesn’t add much. Fit and finishJust so it is touched on and to get it out of the way; these planes are very well made. Set up involved nothing more than removing the packing oil and honing the ...

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All around great performer and then some

All around great performer and then some

1013 days ago by PurpLev | 11 comments »

I got this when it first came out a year or so ago as I wanted something that could handle rabbets and joinery’s edges and this one seemed like a jack of all trades when it comes to that. It is no replacement for a shoulder plane, but I figured I’d use it mostly as a block plane which will also allow me to address some edges, rabbets etc. The plane itself is a beautiful designed product and the materials and machining is superb – a real gem. it is very hefty and feels sol...

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Excellent plane...

Excellent plane...

1040 days ago by speakerscott | 2 comments »

Pro’s Awesome little plane, once adjusted it will do a very good job of planing flush in tight spaces or very detailed work. Con’s Somewhat tricky to get the blade into the plane after sharpening without nicking the corners.Blade took a bit of work to get the machining marks out of it, and the base of the plane was slightly cupped, which required some lapping to get it flat. If these sound minor, they are…once set up you’ll find yourself using this thing ju...

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Customer Service !! WOW !!  HNT Gordon

Customer Service !! WOW !! HNT Gordon

1045 days ago by coloradoclimber | 7 comments »

This is a review not only of a tool but of the customer service that backs it. HNT Gordon makes wooden body hand planes. To anyone who frequents Lumberjocks that is unlikely to be news. The planes are what you would expect, beautiful to look at, comfortable to hold, a joy to use. Also probably not news. I only own one wooden body shoulder plane, this one, but I do own a Lie Nielsen metal body shoulder plane, a Veritas metal body shoulder plane, and multiple wooden body bench planes t...

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Is it worth $500?

Is it worth $500?

1064 days ago by Jorge G. | 13 comments »

It all depends. Here is my philosophy for buying tools, if I say to myself “Gee it would be nice to have XXXXX tool so I could make this operation easier” 3 times, then I buy the tool. I do it this way because I know that I will be using the tool, and it makes my woodworking easier. Shooting a board is one of those operations that seem simple enough, just make a shooting board and shave the end grain with a plane. THe problems comes with the execution. At least for me. I tried ...

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Pretty nice plane, but not as refined as the premium planes

Pretty nice plane, but not as refined as the premium planes

1081 days ago by funchuck | 9 comments »

When I first bought this plane, I was pretty impressed with it. I think it looks nice, and it’s built very well. Out of the box, the blade was not sharp at all. The back was pretty flat, and it didn’t take long to flatten the back and hone the bevel (probably 15 minutes on my oilstones). I checked to see if the sides were square, but they were slightly off. I also checked to see if the sole was flat, but it was slightly concave. But most importantly, how did it work? ...

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