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Forum topic by Don posted 05-10-2007 08:07 PM 1650 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don

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05-10-2007 08:07 PM

One of the early tool purchase decisions that I made when setting up my woodworking shop was to purchase some really top traditional wood planes. I was directed to the HTN Gordon web site.

I then met Terry Gordon at the annual woodworking show in Melbourne. He kindly took the time to answer a bunch of my ‘novice-questions’ without making me feel foolish. I purchased four of his basic planes at the show and subsequently, have acquired four more.

Unlike some of my other early tool purchasing decisions, I haven’t regretted buying these for a moment.

They are particularly suitable for planing difficult curly Australian eucalyptus species. (It’s been said that there is no greater test of a plane’s quality.) The plane irons are extra thick thus absolutely chatter-free. They sit in the plane at an amazing 60 degree angle. You will have to read his reasons for this on his web site.

So if you are looking for some really great hand planes, visit Terry’s web sit.

Oh, and if you are wondering, I’m simply a satisfied customer. I have absolutely no affiliation with HTN Gordon, nor is he even aware of this blog entry.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/


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#1 posted 05-10-2007 10:07 PM

They really appear to be wonderful planes. I had been admiring them via the web for a while. Glad your happy with them.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-12-2007 09:47 PM

Don
Terry makes some wonderful planes – I have a few, myself :)
Do you have one of his new range with the adjusters?? How do they work?
Oh, and if you check Terrys site he often has planes available is unusual and very beautiful timbers!!
Cheers
Phil

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oscorner

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#3 posted 05-13-2007 01:58 AM

Thanks for the info, Don.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 05-13-2007 03:09 AM

I’ll be honest and say I really don’t get why so many woodworkers are fanatical about planes. I’m not referring to their use, but more so the WWer’s who spend over $100 per plane! I don’t get it. The cheaper ones can get the same results with some tuning. The cheaper ones require more more frequent tuning, though.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#5 posted 05-13-2007 04:47 AM

Jeff, I think the answer to your quandary is in the use of these planes. Once you’ve used them you you know why woodworkers spend the money and wax lyrical about their merits. Trust me!
Quote Philip Edwards
: ”Do you have one of his new range with the adjusters?? How do they work?”

Phil, no, I just learned that Terry had introduced this range. They certainly look interesting. For so many years Terry has been promoting his traditional planes – I wounder why he decided to add these to his range?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#6 posted 05-13-2007 05:21 AM

Yeah, I’ll buy that Don. I am far from a hand tool woodworker. I’ll admit that I have never taken the time to master many of the larger planes. I use a small block plane fairly often, but there is less of a learning curve with the tiny planes. Maybe I’ll find a buddy with a nice plane and learn what’s up myself!

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#7 posted 05-13-2007 05:25 AM

I have a couple of Lie-Nielson planes. Nothing like quality tools. You just have to try them yourself. I wish I could afford a few of these as well. Going to try Phils method of getting good plane. Before long I am hoping to make a few.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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