|Forum topic by Kenny||posted 03-11-2012 07:36 AM||3392 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
03-11-2012 07:36 AM
I saw these Quangsheng planes and plane irons while perusing Ebay in hopes of finding some new treasure, like a nice pre-war #4 smoother with a frog adjusting screw (still looking!).
Well, they looked to be of very nice quality upon first glance, so I researched them a bit. They are sold by Workshop Heaven in the UK, and are said to be developed by the manufacturer in conjunction with Woodcraft, ie: being either direct or near copies of the WoodRiver planes, which are very nice planes indeed!
Upon further inspection, they are mostly all BedRock design planes (save for the bevel-up planes), and use blades of T-10 water-hardening carbon steel, hardened and tempered to 63Rc. They also claim to grind the bodies to +or- .0015” flatness tolerance, which is pretty good in my eyes!
The prices seem to be close to the WoodRiver, so import duties, shipping, etc. may not make it a worthwhile venture for all. BUT, they do make a rabbeting block plane that sells for apprx. $102 (US), as well as a bevel-up jack, and stainless and bronze spokeshaves, which I have not seen from WoodRiver as yet.
They sell replacement blades and breakers to fit Stanley type planes too, and at a decent price. As well as one other really neat item I have never seen offered before, an extended blade adjusting yoke to allow for thicker blades to be installed than would be possible with the factory Stanley piece.
So, has anyone bought/used/seen one of these planes as of yet? I’m very curious to hear feedback.
I will have a review on their 2” bench plane iron in a few weeks, as I have one on order. I figure the price wasn’t bad, and if it’s not as good as I hope, I’ll cut a serious camber on it and stuff it into my #5 two-tone Stanley and have a scrub plane.
Thanks for any info!