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01-06-2017 03:00 PM

I just noticed the bench dog hand planes on rockler and seemed to be a great value. Does anyone have any experience with them?


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#1 posted 01-06-2017 04:10 PM

Link or picture, please.

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#2 posted 01-06-2017 04:18 PM

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#3 posted 01-06-2017 04:29 PM

Might ask Stumpy Nubs, since he has the #4 and block plane set.

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#4 posted 01-06-2017 04:29 PM

No experience. Bench Dog brand is owned by Rockler, so I’m wondering if they are trying to come out with some of their own Chinese tools to compete with Wood River tools from Woodcraft.

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#5 posted 01-06-2017 04:35 PM

ok, im definitely wanting to get a decent plane in that range…what brand do you all recommend. I will give you a little back ground…I have built several large farm house tables for people and sometimes my glue joint will be off by 1/32 of an inch or so and need something to smooth it close before sanding.

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#6 posted 01-06-2017 04:38 PM



No experience. Bench Dog brand is owned by Rockler, so I m wondering if they are trying to come out with some of their own Chinese tools to compete with Wood River tools from Woodcraft.

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#7 posted 01-06-2017 04:54 PM


ok, im definitely wanting to get a decent plane in that range…what brand do you all recommend. I will give you a little back ground…I have built several large farm house tables for people and sometimes my glue joint will be off by 1/32 of an inch or so and need something to smooth it close before sanding.

- buckbuster31

For large table tops, I’d recommend a larger plane than a #4. Something like a #5-1/2 or #6 works great for flattening larger surfaces. The longer sole helps keep things flat and consistent. A #4 is generally intended for final smoothing and the shorter sole helps it get in the small imperfections. A#5 would be OK, but is still a bit small for good large panel flattening, IMHO.

Best bang for the buck is vintage. If you haven’t used hand planes before, I highly recommend getting one from someone who knows how to tune them so that it works well right out of the box. DonW is an LJ member that does a lot of buying and selling and would get you something that would work well at a good price. He’s showing a #6 and a few #5 sizes on his website right now.

If you prefer to look at new planes, then Lie-Nielsen and Veritas from Lee Valley are the top of the line of what is out there. You will pay quite a bit more, but will have a fabulous tool. Wood River planes from Woodcraft are Chinese knock-offs of the LN design. By most reports, they are pretty well made and can work just fine if you want to go that route. They are less expensive than LN or Veritas, but still cost far more than a good vintage plane.

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#8 posted 01-06-2017 06:22 PM

I will try to pm him

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