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Forum topic by MNWOODWORKER posted 01-14-2013 at 12:46 AM 941 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-14-2013 at 12:46 AM

I am biulding my roubo bench and need to fine tune the tenon for fitting the endcap but the hard maple is laughing at my crummy #92 Stanley (I bought it from a liar on ebay, good shape must now include stripped body and adjusting block) I was able to tap the shaft larger and make a new shaft and adjustment block but it just chatters in fear of most endgrain, I have limped it along for too long. I was going to buy the Veritas medium but they are out, go to Highland for the Lie Nielsen and they are gone too! I am going to call LN in the morning but I was wondering if any of you have any experience with the new Woodriver shoulder plane? Also, I was planning on the medium but then I read that Schwarz recommends the large if your only going to have one, whats your guys thoughts, is the large too akward for standard 4/4 work? Any advise would be great!!

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#1 posted 01-14-2013 at 09:14 AM

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 at 09:18 AM

I have the large Lie-Nielsen shoulder plane. It’s not awkward at all, unless you’re very petite or have small hands. I’ve used it on material from 6/4 to 2/4 with no real issues. I think it’s based on a Preston design, not the Stanley.

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 at 05:50 PM

Veritas and LN has nice shoulder designs. It depends on how you hold it. I tend to push that why I went with Veritas instead.

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#4 posted 01-14-2013 at 06:15 PM

The reason larger is better in shoulder planes is that
the mass of the plane plays a big roll in getting fine
and accurate cuts on end grain. Get a big
4 lb. shoulder plane and you’ll see.


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#5 posted 01-14-2013 at 11:42 PM

Well after calling every every Veritas dealer I could find I struck out so onto Lie Nielsen. Well go figure they are sold out as well. I guess there has been an issue with their casting and it will be at least a couple weeks before they start looking at new orders. After calling all their dealers I did accidentally stumble upon a place in Oregon that has a LN medium, I took it as s sign, should be here on Friday! Thank you all very much for your input, I really appreciate it. Nate

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#6 posted 01-14-2013 at 11:45 PM

LN is slow when comes to stocking stuff. But their stuff are really nice to wait for.

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#7 posted 01-15-2013 at 08:07 AM

Here is a fellow on Sawmill Creek the has a large LN shoulder plane for sale.

-- Jerry

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#8 posted 01-15-2013 at 09:36 AM

I just bought the Veritas medium shoulder plane and spent an hour or so last night giving the edge that mirror finish. The blade came “sharp” but they tell you in the instructions to finish honing to your level of sharp. Before I sharpened it, I was not impressed. After sharpening (A2 blades take a while), I cut some walnut end grain that was half the thickness of a piece of paper – in shavings, not chips.

May want to at least give them a look and see if they fit your needs – I have to say, I tried them one at the wood show a couple of weeks ago before I bought mine.

I ordered mine off the web – it was in stock

-- David in Damascus, MD

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