|Forum topic by Chris Peroni||posted 02-20-2013 05:31 AM||788 views||0 times favorited||2 replies|
02-20-2013 05:31 AM
(Sorry ‘bout the rambling below. If you want to skip it my questions are: whaddya think about this planer for under $20? What is the other mouth for and how should I set this up for proper use?)
Why do we do it? Don’t answer that. I know why. Because we are hooked on tools- that’s why!
So today after work I did two fun wood related things (keep it clean folks). I snuck up on a pile of pallets and made off with a nice worn out one perfect for making crates for my wife (the photographer). She loves the look of aged, greyed wood, loves rough cut wood, so pallets are great for making her props.
More to the point though (I’ll get there I promise) I also stopped in at Princess Auto. Y’know- just to look around. For those of you who don’t know, Princess Auto is pretty much the Canadian equivalent of Harbor Freight. They focus a bit more on automotive tools (explains half the name) but have a grab bag of tools from across the spectrum. FUN! Like HF, PA carries all the most popular brands from India and China :) Quality is king at PA I always say….
Wandering in the scrapers and sandpapers aisle I spotted a double sided block planer for under $20. I checked out this little guy and was surprised at the decent machining of the sole and sides, and the iron (did I get those terms right?). Next thing I knew I was fumbling through the 4 or 5 they had on the shelf for the best looking one. Then off to the register I go. I figure I can’t do worse than the same basic thing at Canadian Tire; a Stanley for about $10 more.
So in the pics is what I ended up with. I checked the sole and it is quite true- enough that I don’t need to polish it up (I’d make it worse I bet lol). and I took the blade to my homemade stropping block charged with some green compound I use for sharpening swords. Only had to give it a few passes for a few moments. I set the planer up best as I know how which is to say I don’t know how- but can it be that hard to do? I tried it out on some cedar and was surprised by the results. I was able to plane level to within .004” across 12’ length, leave a nice clean surface, and cut chips as thin as thin as that .004” variance.
Is this to be expected- is this standard? I didn’t think it would work so well at this price and made by some random. I’ve read these cheap planes are not worth their weight in raw steel. How do I use the other mouth? I see online it’s a bullnose end- yes? Has anyone had any experience with this brand- Award made by Active Tools? Am I just surprised because I know nothing about planes? Probably- you tell me :)
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