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Forum topic by MOJOE posted 12-20-2018 12:33 PM 719 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-20-2018 12:33 PM

I think I’ve finally reached a point in my life where quiet and attention to detail are more important than getting something done quickly….thus, I’ve been buying some hand tools. I started with a few bench planes and chisels. While Veritas and the like and are bit spendy for me right now, I did pick up Nos. 4, 5, 6 and block planes from Taytools. I couldn’t find too much info on this maker, however, after receiving the tools, they seem fairly well made. Soles are flat vs. the straightedges I have, adjustable parts work well, and in general they are square and finished pretty well. When spring rolls around, I’ll be cleaning out my garage and updating some tool storage to allow room for a proper woodworking bench, and once that’s constructed, I believe a plane till and mallet will be my first real hand tool projects!

I’m pretty excited,

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#1 posted 12-20-2018 12:46 PM

I’ve seen ads for the Taytools planes and am curious what they are like. Doesnt sound like you have much experience with planes to compare them to, but if they make nice wispy shavings and adjust easily thats about all that is required. Im not in the market for any (I have and use many refurb Stanleys and some LV’s). If you need tuning help this may work. You may want to change out the #6 for a #7. Since you got a 5 are you going to dim lumber by hand now vs a planer/jointer?

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#2 posted 12-20-2018 12:56 PM

OSU55… guessed correct on my experience. I have a couple of old Stanley No. 4s that work, but could use a tune-up, so thanks for the link above. I’ve really only used hand planes to clean up some rough sawn walnut to create some rustic shelves for my bathroom, though all I really did was expose some fresh wood.

With regard to dimensioning lumber, I’d like to try that on some smaller pieces of lumber I have in the garage. I picked up a relatively flat slab of white oak a few weeks back, and I’d like to convert one of my old No. 4s or the No. 5 into a scrub plane and give this a shot… hopes of ending with a natural edge coffee table.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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