|Forum topic by Gerry||posted 03-04-2014 05:02 AM||1718 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
03-04-2014 05:02 AM
Unbelievable! This is my first experience with a “reputed to be” a premium level wood plane. I am what one might call a “Hybrid” woodworker, and find myself using hand tools more and more.
In using a very old Stanley No. 4 Smoother for my shooting board, even thought it was working OK when well sharpened, I’ve not been happy with the feeling, nor the results.
Fine Woodworking has a video about low angle bevel up jack planes by Garret Hack. His observations about the utility of the plane intrigued me.
So I began looking at the bevel up jack plane offerings. Of course, cost is usually an issue for most tools, and this was no exception. I found what appears to be a smokin deal on Amazon: No.62 Stanley Sweetheart for $109! I read some recent reviews, which were more positive than not, so I bought one.
Below is my review.
As a bit of a disclaimer, I’ve never owned or used a premium plane. My current stable is a Stanley no 7, a No 5, an older no 4, a no 92 shoulder plane, and 1 low angle and 1 std block plane.
The Sweetheart No. 62 arrived, well packaged, with the usual coating of oil to keep it clean. Dis-assembly was no issue, I wiped the oil from all the surfaces I could access, tightened the tote and handle screws, and began my checklist.
So, I’m really pleased with the purchase. It may not be a Veritas or Lie Neilsen, which I am sure are a superior tool, but I think this plane is better than any of my others, and feel the plane will serve me well for years to come.
I hope this is of help to you all.
-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”