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Lie-Nielson curved bottom spokeshave.  Very Nice!

Lie-Nielson curved bottom spokeshave. Very Nice!

12-15-2012 07:43 PM by mbs | 3 comments »

I’ve used this spoke shave for about a year now. I really like it for sculpting the front of a seat or the leg of a chair. The edge has stayed nice and sharp. It’s easy to set the blade depth too. Very comfortable to use. I think I paid $100 and now they’re $135. That’s pretty steep but it’s a good tool. I think LN is in competition with Veritas to see who can raise the prices the fastest. I wish I would have bought more of both brands when they were...

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A Different League

A Different League

12-14-2012 08:19 PM by mcase | 3 comments »

Well I finally did it and got a Lie-Nielsen. I wasn’t planning on getting the bronze, but they were temporarily out of the iron so I sprung for it. I like the weight in a smoother anyway and it looks totally cool too. What can I say? Its in a whole different league than my previous purchases. I didn’t have to touch this plane. It was ready to go: flat sole, all the edges eased, flat and square blade, the chip breaker was square and true (and long enough), no slop on in the depth ...

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Had to Put it Back

Had to Put it Back

12-14-2012 07:37 PM by mcase | 18 comments »

I always feel bad recommending a restaurant to a friend and then they change the chef or something and the foods horrible. This is sort of in the same vein. In the past, I highly recommended the Woodriver V3 planes. I own three Woodriver V3s , #4,#5, and #6, which are just fine. They ARE nice planes and I enjoy using them very much. However, I recently went to purchase a #3. I really wanted a #3 Woodriver, but I had to put it back. Turns out that whoever makes these planes ground ...

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A Great Plane

A Great Plane

12-03-2012 03:59 AM by bobasaurus | 12 comments »

I bought this WoodRiver #6 at a Rob Cosman hand planing / dovetailing seminar. He was able to take one of these new out of the box, hone the blade, and produce a shaving about 3/10000” thick according to his micrometer. Most of us attending were impressed enough to buy one ourselves (cost about $150 at the time, though the sale has ended now). I try to follow his hand sharpening technique as well, and now I can get shavings from this plane almost as thin as he can. The first pictu...

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Veritas Bevel Up Jointer Plane

Veritas Bevel Up Jointer Plane

11-21-2012 03:10 PM by jasondain | 8 comments »

Over the past month or so, I have been working on a Benchcrafted Split Top Roubo workbench (more on that in later posts). At this point, I’m in the home stretch flattening the top and I had bought this plane in anticipation of using it for flattening the top of the bench once it was ready. I have built other projects in the past where I could have used this but used my Bevel-up smoother for the task instead (I know, not technically for the purpose but it worked fine). I spent a few h...

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Veritas Small Scraping Plane

Veritas Small Scraping Plane

10-27-2012 04:00 PM by vipond33 | 15 comments »

There are things you can do with a scraper that would defeat even the finest of hand planes. The micro geometry of their cut produces a Type II shaving, yielding a perfect surface even going fully against interlocked grain or over knots. I use a variety of scrapers and for spot work nothing beats a card type or even an ordinary paint scraper. One problem with these types is that they will follow any undulations on the existing surface as they have no registration (sole). For larger wor...

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Buck Bros. 14" jack Plane

Buck Bros. 14" jack Plane

09-17-2012 04:54 PM by woodmaker | 28 comments »

This week-end my Porter-Cable 6” portable jointer burned up (sparks flying from the motor and tripped the circuit breaker) and I was in desperate need of something to flatten some boards. I have an old Stanely 4” smoother, but the boards are cupped and twisted, too much work for that one. So the wife and I had to go to Home Depot anyway for some stuff and while there I asked one of the salesmen if they had any wood planes and he directed me to the aisle where they were. I...

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NX60

NX60

07-02-2012 01:57 AM by vipond33 | 19 comments »

Anyone looking for a block plane based strictly on performance need not read any further. There are any number of tools that will do pretty much as well as this one minus the heart attack price, including my standby for the last 30 years, the Stanley 9 1/2. For it’s mostly the iron inside and the angle and sharpness you give to it that does the work. Once you’re set, you’re set. Having said that, there are some marvelous features to this tool that make it shine well abov...

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Hock Blades Stanley 2 3/8 replacement for #5 1/2

Hock Blades Stanley 2 3/8 replacement for #5 1/2

06-21-2012 02:36 PM by Don W | 21 comments »

After restoring some 200-300 bench planes this was my first replacement iron purchase. After purchasing a Stanley type 11 #5 1/2 at a flea market, (Seen here, along with some restoration pictures) i decided to purchase a new iron for the worn out existing one. Since Lee Valley was running a no shipping promotion, I decided to go with the #19P2005, 2-3/8” x 7” Hock Plane Blade. The plane arrived slightly before I finished the restore. First this is an earlier type 5 1/2 which or...

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New Woodriver #7 V3  Hand Plane

New Woodriver #7 V3 Hand Plane

06-06-2012 04:45 AM by KenBry | 33 comments »

This is my first Woodriver plane and I am impressed. I needed a #7 jointer plane because I am building a woodworkers bench. I already have a Stanley Bailey #7 but really wanted a tool with a stiffer blade than the stanley. I tried the IBC in my Stanley and had some issues. Unfortunatly when Stanley built their planes back in the day they didn’t stick to specs very well. I needed a plane that is going to take use and be able to take replacment parts when the time comes. So I went shoppin...

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