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Forum topic by Gerry posted 03-04-2014 05:02 AM 828 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gerry

253 posts in 1926 days


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.
1. Check for flat base in both directions. Results were the base was flat to within 2 mils, more than adequate for any plane I’ve ever used before. Also check for and burrs or anomalies on the base. No issues.
2. Check Sides for square, and found it to be square and true.
3. Check sharpness of the blade ( paper test). Out of the box it was quite sharp, but I did flatten the back and hone the bevel to 6000 grit.
4. Adjust blade position and mouth for a fine cut, by backing the blade completely off, and sneaking up to a thin shaving, centered cut.
5. Lay it on a shooting board and take some end grain cuts. HERE was the first indication of a super tool: Planing end grain of Honduran Mahogany, I achieved a ribbon shaving cut, like you would expect if you were planing a face or edge of a board. Wow!
6. Then I tried it out on some fairly gnarly Mesquite on an edge. Not only did I get a consistent and thin shaving, but even where the grain went sideways, the cut was almost as smooth as it was on the rest of the board.
7. I also tried it on a few other woods, and got excellent results, at least for me.

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.”


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lanwater

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#1 posted 03-04-2014 06:12 AM

Thanks for the review.

I have been tempted several time but did not pull the trigger. Your review will help me in that direction.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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hans2wiz

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#2 posted 03-04-2014 08:38 AM

Finding myself more and more in the handplane world. Right now checking Quangsheng No. 62 Low Angle Jack Plane, because it has three irons in offer. 25 degree, 38 degree and 50 degree cutting irons.

Thx for review! Lately one of Stanley No. 9-1/2 SW Block Plane owner.

-- from East Europe, where still exist four Season and Grandfather skills are valuable.

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Lenny

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#3 posted 03-04-2014 12:18 PM

Nice review Gerry. Sounds like you got yourself a fine tool and your happiness is evident. Enjoy!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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Gerry

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#4 posted 03-05-2014 12:01 AM

Thanks everyone for your comments.
Lenny, hanks and good to hear from you. Been watching your Miter saw blog with keen interest.

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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