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Forum topic by crank49 posted 08-30-2010 07:05 AM 949 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-30-2010 07:05 AM

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I admit I’m more of a novice than I want to be, but I did grow up around wood working, carpentry, and floor finishing (my Dad’s occupation). I have done a few projects over the years. Designed and built my own house in 1976; still live in it. My most recent project has been my interpretation of a classic woodworking workbench. It’s made of laminated layers of 3/4” A-C plywood so there is a lot of end grain; in fact, almost 50% of every edge is endgrain. I needed a plane to handle these edges. I’ve always had at least a Stanley block plane in my tool kit. Never used it for anything other than shaving the edge off of sticking doors or “breaking” the edge on shelves; things like that. I went to get a low angle plane and looked at the new Stanleys, but wound up getting a Groz low angle block plane from Woodcraft. I haven’t heard much comment about these, but they looked nice and the price was right. I sharpened it up with “wet/dry” silicon carbide sandpaper like I been doing since 45 years and took to the end of one of my laminated bench legs to square it up. Dang! That sucker cuts nice. I grabbed a piece of red oak that need some saw marks shaved off the edge. It rolled up the prettiest, most even, thinnest curl you ever saw. You could almost read a paper through this shaving.

Anybody else use Groz planes? What do you think about them? Did I just get lucky? Was this a fluke? I had been planning on getting an old Stanley #7 or a WoodRiver #6 for some jointing work, but now I’m thinking about another Groz.

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#1 posted 08-30-2010 08:18 AM

The reports on the Groz planes have been mixed…it seems for every success we read about there’s another with a problem, but the same is true of many of the newer new non-Lie Nielsen or non-Veritas import planes like the new Stanley Sweetheart line, Woodriver, Footprint, Anant, Great Lakes, Buck Bros, etc. You might have gotten lucky, or you might have done a very good job setting it up, or both. The key to any of them is setup and a sharp blade…with the new imports you just have to be sure the tolerances are good, and that they hold settings.

On a budget, my preference is for a better quality older plane. If you can swing it, the LN, Veritas, and Clifton planes are pretty nice…

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