|Forum topic by derosa||posted 06-03-2011 07:56 AM||2582 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
06-03-2011 07:56 AM
Since this is an older plane I didn’t think a review belonged in the review section but feel it should be mentioned as I found a lot of mixed signals on this plane while researching it. From what I can tell this plane was made right around 1988 so it isn’t quite an antique and I bought it essentially as new old stock for $100.00.
Personally I would be inclined to give it 4 stars.
The knob and tote are real wood and a decent size, the sides of the tote are flattened and not rounded like the Stanley’s, I don’t know if this is during this time period or just a Record thing in general but it partially costs a star as I find it doesn’t give quite as nice a fit to the hand.
The frog is adjustable, remove the blade and there are two screws, loosen them and at the back of the frog is a single adjustment screw. There is some small side to side play in the frog well loose, it works well enough that I matched the forward edge of the frog to the edge of the mouth in seconds and had it screwed down tight making for a satisfactory experience.
The blade seems like a normal thickness for older planes, definitely not as thick as a Hock blade. It looked like someone may have tried to give the blade a slight edge and failed. There were heavy machining marks on the blade. These required starting at 80 grit and going finer. I didn’t get all of the marks out of the center of the blade but the first 2 inches of the back smoothed out as did most of the top. There was very little machining marks on the front and these disappeared by just starting at 400 grit. A couple minutes with some 400-2000 grit paper resulted in a very sharp edge. Here is where it looses the rest of the one star.
The sole tested out flat right from the beginning. The sole has grooves running across it like a C version of older planes and didn’t appear to have had any work done to it. Tossing some 400 grit paper down on my workbench and swirling the sole over it in a figure eight a couple times resulted in fine scratch marks over the whole surface. A test against the bench surface ( a large sheet of pool table slate) resulted in a .005” feeler gauge not being able to slip under under anywhere, as I don’t own a thinner gauge this is a tight enough tolerance for me.
Actually using it. Once sharpened I used it to plane down the start of an endgrain board you see in the pic. I used it to edge match some of the boards and the result is a nice flat surface that has no visible gaps. The wood is Purpleheart, white oak, cherry, walnut, and mahogany and it slides across all of them with no skipping and smoothed both sides of the board right out, it was even sharp enough to not break the glueup between the different woods as can be seen to some extent in the pics.
Final result. As a new plane this was worth every dime of the 100 I paid. It was reasonably flat, not too bad on the blade and it doesn’t skip or chatter. I would happily spend the money on another and will not be replacing this tool with anything newer and fancier or old, this one definitely does the job with ease.
-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse