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Pre-ordered the BCTW HP-9 dual angle black plane and skids, did I go mad?

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Forum topic by AHuxley posted 07-08-2015 11:16 AM 1023 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AHuxley

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07-08-2015 11:16 AM

Well I broke down this morning and sent John a pre-order for the new dual angle black plane along with the depth skids. Ever since the Veritas NX60 black plane came out I have waffled about buying one, I wanted it but could always find a better way to spend $300+ bucks so why the heck did I bite on the more expensive HP-9 was it lack of sleep, introductory price, the devil or just wanting to have the wildest block plane on my block? In all honesty it was the depth skids, I have seen John use his planes with depth skids and this will be perfect for some of my inlay work, but it doesn’t justify the cost, this is certainly a want not need tool.

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http://www.bridgecitytools.com/default/tools/what-s-new/hp-9-dual-angle-block-plane.html


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#1 posted 07-08-2015 11:25 AM

I have to disagree with you, it’s a need not a want. You are justified!

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#2 posted 07-08-2015 11:34 AM

Every so often you have to spoil yourself, and if they live up to their reputation, you won’t be disappointed. Just don’t drop it. Or bump into it. Or breathe on it. That’s the kind of plane you just look at, and occasionally buff with a diaper.

Do I see myself ever spending that much on a block plane? Nope. But, to each his own. Make sure you post up a review with some real-life pictures (not BCTW’s pictures).

Does it come with a roll of this?

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#3 posted 07-08-2015 11:46 AM

I am afraid the depth skids won’t hold their height with this small screws.

Also the first photo shows the sides of the plane without holes for mounting the skids. I was scratching my head for a while to figure out how someone ataches them. I went to BCTW web page to see the rest of the photos to figure it out.

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#4 posted 07-08-2015 11:58 AM



Every so often you have to spoil yourself, and if they live up to their reputation, you won t be disappointed. Just don t drop it. Or bump into it. Or breathe on it. That s the kind of plane you just look at, and occasionally buff with a diaper.

Do I see myself ever spending that much on a block plane? Nope. But, to each his own. Make sure you post up a review with some real-life pictures (not BCTW s pictures).

Does it come with a roll of this?

- BinghamtonEd

While I imagine many people will lock them away behind glass along with their other Bridge City tools it will be put to work in my shop, I collect a lot of things but tools are one of them, well at least not the behind glass sort of collecting.

Viewing it as three tools (low angle BP, high angle BP and precision thickness planer) gets the price down to roughly $130 a tool, I dunno made it easier to swallow.

I will do an review with “live” pictures when it gets here, though I have no idea when it will get built and it may arrive while my shop is “in storage” since I plan to be building a new shop in the early fall. I will say the (relatively) low price for BCTW planes should ensure the orders build up to production very quickly. I honestly don’t expect the raw performance to be better then a Veritas or LN but expect the skids to put it at another level for my uses. Now it is just the job of forgetting it was ordered so it will be a nice surprice when it shows up, just like most BCTW tools and Woodpeckers one time tools.

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AHuxley

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#5 posted 07-08-2015 12:03 PM


I am afraid the depth skids won t hold their height with this small screws.

Also the first photo shows the sides of the plane without holes for mounting the skids. I was scratching my head for a while to figure out how someone ataches them. I went to BCTW web page to see the rest of the photos to figure it out.

- Slemi

The first picture was before John decided to add the skids. As for the screws and their ability to hold a set height anyone that has been around John or BCTW tools knows engineering or more accurately over-engineering is common in all their tools, if they aren’t robust enough as pictured I feel extremely confident they will be more than adequate when shipped and this isn’t their first plane with skids.

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#6 posted 07-08-2015 01:56 PM

it’s so…pretty, can’t stop staring

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#7 posted 07-08-2015 06:02 PM

I can appreciate the beauty of this well designed tool. For me, I’d have to be making a living at woodworking and be able to deftly handle this Maserati of had planes to own it. LOL!

Hope it’s not as temperamental as a Maserati. Good luck!

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#8 posted 07-08-2015 06:05 PM

I bought DX60. You are not alone in your purchase addict of lovely planes. I have yet to own a Hotley which in my life time I would pass on it.

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#9 posted 07-09-2015 12:34 AM


I have yet to own a Hotley which in my life time I would pass on it.

- JohnChung

Well, a Holtey is an entirely different league! I noticed Karl is retiring. I shudder to think of where the prices for used ones will go.

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