a handy, pocket-sized trimming tool

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Review by Gary Fixler posted 06-20-2009 03:38 PM 8060 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Full disclosure: I am by no stretch a hand planes expert. I’m hardly even an amateur. I only have a Buck Bros. 6” block plane, and I’m not good with it. However, I got this guy a few months back on a whim, and recently cracked the packaging and gave it a whirl.

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I found it to be very sharp and properly set up right out of the packaging. All I did was wipe off the protective oil, and I was almost immediately getting full-width, full-length curls from the already fairly straight edge of the plank.

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There really isn’t much to it, so in a way, it’s kind of like a beginner’s plane. You can learn quite a bit about how planes work from this <$10 utility tool, which is really better used for minor adjustments, or flushing up pegs. This knowledge can be expanded through larger, more expensive, and more complicated planes later (that’s my plan!).

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These videos aren’t too exciting, but perhaps informative. This is me pulling it over the edge of a poplar plank. I have not tried any other wood types yet. I imagine red oak would be a bit more difficult. I would say I’m ‘jointing’ the edge here, but we all know it’s a bit too short for that, really:

And here’s pushing it over the same plank. The biggest problem is getting my own meaty hands out of the way. There isn’t too much to hold on to, but as you can see, it does work.

Here’s the link to the Home Depot product page, though it’s not sold online. The link itself is custom to my local store, but it does give some specs. It feels solid, though too small for extended use, as it starts to hurt my hands a bit by the end of those videos. Still, a great little shaver for the tiny stuff, where perhaps your #5 jack plane won’t fit, or if, like me, you don’t have a #5 jack plane.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#1 posted 06-20-2009 05:28 PM

Hey Gary
Nice little plane . surprising it was Sharp right out of the box usually they need some more sharpening before using.


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#2 posted 06-20-2009 05:37 PM

I have one like that and it is great for planing miters when you are installing trim. Really a time saver.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 06-20-2009 06:35 PM

The Buck Bros. brand generally markets good items to a budget price point.

I love adding to the arsenal.

No reason not to have two of these: one for the shop, and one for the travel tool box.

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#4 posted 06-20-2009 10:14 PM

Nice little plane where did you purchase it?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#5 posted 06-20-2009 11:20 PM

John – I picked it up at Home Depot. There’s a link to it in the last paragraph.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#6 posted 06-21-2009 12:58 AM

Buy me one too Dad! Happy Fathers Day

Nice little tool Gary!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#7 posted 06-21-2009 01:28 AM

looks nice.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 06-21-2009 07:25 AM

Looks like you are jointing that short little board with the short little plane :-)) I’ve noticed youj can get old stanleys on ebay for $20 and less for the #4 especially. That must have been the most common plane ever made.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 06-22-2009 12:49 AM

Thanks Gary, as usual I enjoyed video and review and I am surprised something so cheap not only works, but actually works right out of the box. Cudos to Buck Bros. This could make a good gift for a kid interested in woodworking.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 06-22-2009 01:19 AM

I got one at HD about 6 mos ago. They are under $10. My only complaint is that the blade is so short, it won’t properly fit in my Veritas MKII jig without juryrigging a backer to hold it. That complaint is a small one. It really does do a pretty good job given its size.

-- "non illegitimis carborundum"

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#11 posted 06-22-2009 08:29 AM

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#12 posted 06-22-2009 07:33 PM

Made in USA – steel staying in USA. I think I have a couple young boys who could use this in their tool box. Thanks for the great info!

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#13 posted 06-23-2009 01:17 AM

I love those little planes.

I do a lot of twig mosaic works that involves splitting twigs, then glueing and tacking them in to patterns.
I use these little planes to smooth the bottom side of the split twigs.

I use two so I can work longer without a break for sharpening.

I hold the plane upside-down in my hand and rake the split twig over the blade.
This is an old coopers trick for fine fitting wooden bucket staves.

-- 温故知新

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#14 posted 06-28-2009 03:27 AM

cool stuff.i need a couple.thanks for the review and video

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#15 posted 06-28-2009 03:43 AM

Nice Plane

-- Jim, Kentucky

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