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Veritas Small BU Smoother

Veritas Small BU Smoother

10-24-2011 05:24 PM 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

10-16-2011 07:39 PM 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

10-13-2011 05:13 PM 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...

09-16-2011 04:31 AM 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

09-12-2011 01:25 AM 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?

08-23-2011 07:03 PM by Jorge G. | 14 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

08-06-2011 02:31 PM 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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Just awesome.  Get it.

Just awesome. Get it.

08-02-2011 11:11 PM by funchuck | 8 comments »

I just got this plane last week and put it through it’s paces. One thing I noticed right away is that thick toe! The picture in the review is the BU Jointer next to the jack. The jack’s toe is very thick because the entire front area adjusts (see picture). In the jointer, only a small area in front of the mouth adjusts. In the jointer review, I complained about the uncomfortable tote, but for some reason, I don’t notice it as much with the jack. I think this may part...

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Great plane, but uncomfortable tote

Great plane, but uncomfortable tote

08-02-2011 02:57 PM by funchuck | 16 comments »

I have had this plane for about 4 months. I originally bought it because I wanted a premium jointer plane, but the other ones (from LN) were much more expensive. Actually, when I bought this, I did not know that LN also made bevel up planes. On this plane, I find the adjuster a little hard to use. The adjuster controls both the lateral position, as well as the depth, but when I adjust the depth, sometimes, I’ll accidentally change the lateral position. It’s not too bad thou...

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Very handy plane to have

Very handy plane to have

08-02-2011 02:40 PM by funchuck | 2 comments »

I love this plane. I use it all the time. It is a very small plane that fits into the palm of your hand. I bought it from Lee Valley and the picture at Lee Valley makes it seem larger than it really is. I think the person holding it in that picture must have smaller hands because it is a really small plane. When I first bought it, I also bought other things and I had trouble finding it in the box when the parcel came. The iron in it also keeps an edge for a long time. I was very surp...

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