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E Safford plough plane

E Safford plough plane

02-06-2021 04:11 PM by Bob Gnann | 9 comments »

I hope I am posting this in the proper place. My first post on this site. I was lucky enough to find this beautiful plough plane at an estate sale yesterday. The makers mark is E Safford. The best I can come up with is his name was Elias Safford and he was a plane maker in Albany NY circa 1813 – 1820. That makes this plane 200 years old ( ! – ?). It’s in beautiful shape everything, including the thumb screw depth mechanism, functions nicely. Any additional information...

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Good Plane for the Money

Good Plane for the Money

12-03-2020 05:07 AM by Rich | 35 comments »

These planes get a bad rap for no reason. This WoodRiver #4 1/2 plane can handle even the most highly figured maple and still produce wispy shavings. The #4 1/2 plane is a great choice for a smoother, being wider and heavier than a standard #4. The extra heft helps it to keep going when a lighter plane would get bogged down during heavy cuts, or by difficult grain. Don’t let the low price on WoodRiver planes fool you. They are top quality planes and an exceptional value. The WoodR...

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Lie-Nielsen throw us a bone! i need a 1/4" iron!

Lie-Nielsen throw us a bone! i need a 1/4" iron!

09-01-2020 09:19 PM by AGolden | 14 comments »

when I was shopping for a router plane most people i heard from went with the Veritas version specifically because of the number of choices for cutters (a rainbow from 1/6” inch up to 1/2”) I thought I would be a rebel and get the nicer (in my opinion) looking Lie-Nielsen router plane, who needs all those cutters anyway right? wrong. I have had this for a couple months now and I can’t tell you how many times I wish I at least had a 1/4” cutter. the stock 3/8” cut...

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The Jointer plane to buy

The Jointer plane to buy

08-02-2020 04:28 AM by AGolden | 6 comments »

Everyone knows the reputation of Lie-Nielsen for high quality tools so I don’t need to write much on the excellent quality, fit and finish of this plane in particular. The reason I did feel like i needed to write this up is because the jointer plane is an often overlooked hand tool, and the low angle jointer plane even more so. the 7-1/2 is 22” long which was surprisingly large (Stanley low angle jack plane in second picture for comparison) and is a bevel up “low angle...

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Huge time saver

Huge time saver

05-22-2020 05:12 AM by planecurious | 14 comments »

I’ve always had problems storing my Router Plane because of its shape and the fact that my workspace is quite small so I don’t have the luxuy of dedicating a shelf to it; the blade roll helped keeping the blades in but the fence was still a bit of a problem. I had decided I should make a dedicated box to store it but Veritas beat me to it and I am very glad they did! The box comes flat packed and is very easy to assemble with just a screwdriver (I found it easier to do so stand...

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That's Not Right

That's Not Right

10-15-2019 12:03 AM by pintodeluxe | 18 comments »

This is a cute little shoulder plane that’s just the right size for most furniture projects. Shoulder planes are handy for trimming the last few shavings off tenons to make the M & T joint fit just right. Overall the machining finish on the outer surfaces was pretty good. I don’t expect much from a shoulder plane… it should just be easy to adjust and capable of quickly shaving down tenons. Well, the main problem with this design is there’s nothing to keep the...

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Bench Dog 62 Low Angle Manufacturing Quality Problems

Bench Dog 62 Low Angle Manufacturing Quality Problems

08-21-2019 02:52 PM by LakesideWoodworker | 11 comments »

I have been comparing LV, LN, Woodriver, and Benchdog Low Angle Jack Planes for some time. When Rockler had their Bench Dog plane on sale this month for $159, I thought I would give it a try. Out of the box, it looked very good. The certificate that accompanied the plane said the sole of the plane was flat and when checked with my steel straight edge, it appeared flat. I don’t have a granite stone to test for flatness. Also, using my Starrett combination square, the sides appeared sq...

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Wood River #7  Jointer Plane

Wood River #7 Jointer Plane

05-15-2019 09:31 PM by Dimensions | 8 comments »

So i just added my newest hand tool to my collection, the Wood River Number 7 Jointer Plane. This thing is a BEAST! At 22 ” and 9.6 lbs you definetly realize you are holding a well made tool. It has plenty of heft to take on gnarly grain in very hard woods. I will be putting it to the true test soon, as i build my first “real” workbench. I wanted to use this plane to assist in flattening the top of the bench. If you want to see my initial thoughts on this tool, you can ch...

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An absolute "newbie" meets Wood River Hand Planes

An absolute "newbie" meets Wood River Hand Planes

04-10-2019 03:27 AM by Artie623 | 12 comments »

Firstly,,, I did plenty of research, living in Maine that meant the internet as I don’t have a selection of biological live beings I can actually interface with. From one video to another… and came up with the idea that the tools with the most reviews were the ones that most folks used… folks that all know more than I do. So, between reading reviews, comparing pricing, and listening to the experts I was pretty sure Wood River met my requirements. Woodcraft has a 3-pack ass...

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Favorite Woodworking Hand Tool?

Favorite Woodworking Hand Tool?

11-30-2018 01:23 AM by LastingBuild | 5 comments »

This tool is really incredible! I made a video review/ tutorial on it! View on YouTube

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