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poopiekat

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09-14-2012 02:43 PM

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I saw this in local classifieds: A Rockwell Uni-plane!
Said to be great for edging, and angle surfacing! Unbelievable!

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This is not a jointer!! Note the miter gauge! Yikes, scary looking cutter head.
sorry, only one pic posted with the ad. Ever see one? I never heard of such an animal…

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#1 posted 09-14-2012 03:28 PM

Kinda looks like a meat slicer… Wood slicer? LOL

Never saw anything like that before… for wood!

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#2 posted 09-14-2012 03:31 PM

true enough, Joe!
Perhaps.. hey, isn’t there an LJ named ‘Wood Butcher”? maybe he needs a deli meat/lumber slicer!! After a Google, I see apparently these aren’t so unusual after all!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 09-14-2012 03:33 PM

I saw one at a garage sale about 20 years ago, was very tempted but I passed. I think they wanted about $200.00 and it looked in the same kind of shape…

What are they asking for this one?

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#4 posted 09-14-2012 03:50 PM

Scary lookin is right. Imagine that thing catching an edge and tossing it.

“Number 42?”
“Yup right here”
“What can i help you with sir?”
“1/3 of a pound of seasoned oak, sliced thin please”

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#5 posted 09-14-2012 04:07 PM

jusfine: The price posted is $275. It’s just a creepy tool at any price! chrisstef: mmm red oak ‘n cheese, on rye please. well.. after all, every meat department has a bandsaw, right? Next, we’ll see a Keen Kutter #7 used to shave deli ham? Hey, how’d we get on this food thing Ahhh… Joe started it!!

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#6 posted 09-14-2012 04:18 PM

Chris Wants Real Bad. Kinda like the poor mans Super Surfacer .

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f12/rockwell-uni-plane-4024/

Can even get new blades made .

Make us proud PK – is it going to find a home?

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#7 posted 09-14-2012 04:24 PM

It’s a pretty amazing tool, actually. I have a friend who has two. Quite effective on figured woods that a typical jointer would decimate.

Kindly,

Lee

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#8 posted 09-14-2012 04:29 PM

ITnerd: No, it won’t be me!! Maybe some OWWM person…but I posted it because of the curiosity factor alone. It’s a lot of money for a single-purpose machine in anybody’s shop. How this product ever got launched in the first place is a mystery to me. Thought a few LJs would find it interesting to see! Doubt if anyone really has shop space to justify owning one!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#9 posted 09-14-2012 04:30 PM

Thanks, Lee! I’ll have to go to You-Tube and see if there’s a clip of one of these in action… Update: Nope, no video clips, but I saw some nice jointer videos!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#10 posted 09-15-2012 01:46 AM

I have a book called Complete Book of Woodworking, by Rosario Capotosto, copyright 1975. In the section on power tools, the Uniplane is listed. At that time it is called a “relative newcomer.” It says it “offers a unique and superior method for jointing and surfacing material” and that it leaves a smoother surface than a jointer, and is safer because “there is absolutely no possibility of material kickback.” It can also do bevels and compound miters. And finally, it also says that it is very safe to use on very small or thin materials.

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#11 posted 09-15-2012 01:56 AM

I saw an Ad for it way back in the 80’s. They claimed you could plane the end of a match stick safely and bevel end grain on any wood.
I wonder where the guard is, pretty scary without it.

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