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Forum topic by Millo posted 11-15-2010 07:49 PM 1263 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Millo

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11-15-2010 07:49 PM

...from The Japan Woodworker?

http://www.thejapanwoodworker.com/dept.asp?s=JapanWoodworker&dept_id=13602

I am particularly curious about the hollow/rounding planes, as well as the adjustable plough planes.

Anyone have an opinion on these?

I am just curious, not looking to buy soon.

Thanks.


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David Kirtley

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#1 posted 11-15-2010 11:37 PM

I have the plow. It is nice but be aware that it does not have a depth stop. Only one depth. It took a bit of fiddling to mount the fence on the other side. Works nice though. I have been tempted to get the hollows and rounds but not in the budget right now.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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#2 posted 11-16-2010 12:20 AM

David, I was looking at the plow plane. Is the fence stable enough and easy enough to get set straight … and does it stay where you put it?

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#3 posted 11-16-2010 12:37 AM

Swirt:

It is actually really nice and easy to set and stays put. As shipped, it was set up left handed for some reason and when I went to put the fence on the other side of the rails, it didn’t. A little bit of quality time with a file and followed by some beeswax and it was good to go. The only thing I found missing was the lack of a depth stop but it is actually a pretty good depth (a bit over 1/4 but I didn’t measure). It would be a quick matter of a couple screws and a block of wood with slots and that could be fixed quite easily if it bothered you. For me, as long as it fits panels I am using deeply enough, I am happy.

I have been caught up with some other projects and have not done more than test cuts with it (read that as totally demolished a few 2×2’s with the fun of making the groves and rabbets.)

One side effect was that the metric irons actually fit modern ply better than fractional sizes. The one I put in for testing made groves perfect for the 1/4 luan I had around :)

After fighting with my #45, it was a breath of fresh air.

It is a keeper. It also has me tempted to pick up a proper plow.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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Millo

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#4 posted 11-16-2010 05:36 AM

thanks for the replies, guys…

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#5 posted 11-16-2010 05:41 AM

Thanks for the info David. I’m keeping my eye out for an older plow but I also keep his japanese version in my head just in case I really need one before I find and old one. it is good to know it works well for such an affordable price.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#6 posted 11-16-2010 05:48 AM

plough plane? I did find on on that page????????? :-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 11-16-2010 06:00 AM

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#8 posted 11-16-2010 07:06 AM

Thanks, I even searched “plough” and nothing turned up.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Millo

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#9 posted 11-16-2010 07:47 AM

cool… 3fingerpat: I am sure many will be grateful if you can report your impressions whenever you happen to use the round/hollow set. The set I’ve seen at LeeValley, or at least the one I’ve noticed, has been different from these.

Thanks!

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