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Truly a masterpiece of a hand plane

Truly a masterpiece of a hand plane

1007 days ago by jayman7 | 6 comments »

As you probably expect, I’m going to echo everyone else’s comments on this plane. I have to admit this is my first Veritas hand plane. Like most of you, I was hesitant to pay the hefty price tag but I finally bought it after oogling it for the past several years. During that time, I tuned up my fair share of two jack planes, two smoothers, and two block planes from ebay. They were a pain in the butt to tune up but I learned the inner workings of how a hand plane performs. Mos...

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Groovy

Groovy

1028 days ago by gko | 11 comments »

Wood River Side Rabbet Plane I finally got my Wood River Side Rabbet Plane after ordering it about 2 months ago. It’s main job is to clean up the sides of rebates and grooves. It has two blades that can be set independently. They can be used left or right handed and can be used in either direction of the grain. There is a nose or toe to put pressure on the wood to give you finer shavings but it is a bit too far from the blade. The nose can be taken off so you can plane all the way to ...

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Kunz 112 scraper plane.

Kunz 112 scraper plane.

1065 days ago by Florida_Jim | 2 comments »

I was toying with the idea of getting a scraper plane. I hate sanding. I have arthritis in my fingers, so a card scraper hurts my fingers too much after a short period.I looked at Stanley 112’s on the”Bay”, but they’re too too pricey for me. Lie-Nielsen or Lee Valley 112 versions might be in my future. I was at my local Woodcraft store. Scrapers came up. The manager checked, and discovered he had one Kunz 112 that they’ve had for a few years. After some searching they found it in the back war...

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A Stanley Sweetheart surprise!!

A Stanley Sweetheart surprise!!

1066 days ago by poopiekat | 12 comments »

Here on the prairies, good lumber and tools can be hard to get your hands on. At a local flea market today, I nabbed an absolutely beautiful, brand new Stanley Sweetheart #4 plane! Still in the box, it still had its wax paper wrapping and plastic bag. Wow! This #4 has a huge, 1/8” thick blade, and an adjustable mouth! And the sweetheart logo is the cherry on top of this great find. Incredibly, this plane was mine for $90, and in Canada the usual list price on these babies is $189-...

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Wood River V3 low angle block plane.

Wood River V3 low angle block plane.

1067 days ago by Florida_Jim | 4 comments »

Last Saturday I was at my local Woodcraft store. They had a 10% store wide discount. Well I was looking at their new wood River block planes. So for $80.99 plus tax, I bought the low angle version.It is very well made. The design is based on the Stanley #65. The bed is nicely machined so the plane iron fits very well. The plane iron is .118” thick. This gives a very nice finish. The iron on my old Stanley 60 ½ is 0nly .079” The iron only needed a bit of polishing, and a touch up with a ...

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A plane by any other name…

A plane by any other name…

1067 days ago by Paul Sellers | 12 comments »

I’ve used the best of all planes from Scottish Spiers, Norris and Edward Preston to the old and not so old Marples, Stanleys and Records. Being raised with the conventional Bedrock’s and Bailey’s, I am most familiar with the styles and the idiosyncrasies surrounding them and I must say they’re my strong favourites in the smoothing plane category of the bench plane range. A new plane on the block comes under the unusual name of ‘Juuma’. It’s made in China and bears all of the signature marks o...

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Bev Up smoother from veritas

Bev Up smoother from veritas

1072 days ago by gardentiger | 2 comments »

Had this now for several months. I have all three plane blades which come in different angles. No matter the wood I am usually able to achieve a good finish.

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Tuning up

Tuning up

1073 days ago by boatlark | 1 comment »

Some months ago I was given a Veritas scraping plane as a present. As is almost always the case with Veritas this tool worked right from the box. As I’d no real project to test it on I spend some time trying to work out how to get it tuned and working really well. Despite the comprehensive intstructions I struggled to get it to cut cleanly until I did away with the ‘hook’ on the blade. With the back of the blade lapped and polished and a good finish to the 45 degree bevel...

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Groz Hand Planes

Groz Hand Planes

1110 days ago by WhiskeyWaters | 14 comments »

A cross-pollinated review from my “other” blog – www.woodshopcowboy.com In the woodshop today, I spent some quality time with a set of 3 Groz planes. The block plane (unsure what the Stanley No would be), the Jack Plane and their Jointer. I’ve been pleased with the results throughout this year. I sharpen the blades about once a quarter or during long breaks, and when they see an enormous amount of use. Here’s a shot of the block plane at work today: Groz plan...

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Veritas Router Plane

Veritas Router Plane

1141 days ago by HighRockWoodworking | 13 comments »

My wife recently surprised me with a Veritas Router Plane and Router Plane Fence. She knows that I am like a kid in a candy store when it comes to new tools. I have always wanted a router plane but only had one occasion to even use one, it was a class that Marc Spagnuolo (The Wood Whisperer) was giving at the Highland Hardware Store here in Atlanta. I loved the tool and immediately thought of a thousand used for it but only added it to my wish list. My wife always keeps a few tool mag...

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