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Forum topic by skeeter posted 06-30-2009 11:11 PM 1640 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-30-2009 11:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stanley sweetheart new smoothing plane number 4 woodcraft bevel down plane bench plane cherry handles review irons tool

Has anyone bought the new stanley no 4 smooth plane. I tried it out at my local Richmond area Woodcraft. My first impression is the design is very veritas esque. Innovation being paramount and tradition taking a backseat. When i picked up the no 4 i noticed the balance wasn’t nearly as good as a traditional no 4 because the tote is further back. The second thing I noticed is the tote isn’t finished or shaped as nicely as the wood river that was on the next shelf, but I did like the fact I could put all my fingers on the handle instead of three and my first finger on top like other planes. That is all the bad remarks. I was impressed with the one piece casting. It is one of those things that make you think why they didn’t think of this sooner. I like the fact that is the perfect hybrid between a bevel up plane and the traditional bevel down. The mouth is easily adjustable and stays in position. The lateral adjustment level works well and it is also the depth adjustment and also lock in place. The blade is nice and thick but not as thick as some of those bevel up planes.I don’t think any of the after market iron makers like hock and lie nielsons blades will fit. I took the iron out and tried to match it up with some and they were different enough where i don’t think they would work. I didn’t check the sole on a reference plate but when I sighted down it, it was flat looking. It cut endgrain just as well as a low angle block plane and it edge planed nicely too. It wasn’t set up for smoothing a face though because it had no camber in the blade and it left tracks in its wake. But the finish was very smooth where it did plane. I like this plane and because I couldn’t find a review anywhere else I thought I would write a preliminary one on a forum. I hope this is a new start for stanley. The market is there I should know I am the demographic.
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#1 posted 09-13-2009 11:15 PM

Skeeter, have you bought one yet? Sounds like this is a plane that you’d enjoy using.

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