Made in India of rosewood and solid brass, these are full working tools, but are used one-handed for small-scale tasks - the kind of work we all have to do from time to time. Every craftsman will want to have these on call for that special job.
Small-scale tools can be very handy for specialized jobs, and these inexpensive, soundly-made planes function well in a variety of applications and materials. As with other planes, you should expect to spend some effort sharpening and honing the blades prior to use.
Set of three includes a block plane, chisel plane, and scraper.
Dimensions: 3" L x 3/4" W
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Tuning a new plane is normal, and these certainly are no exception. One of the iron caps was machined well out of square, and required a lot of work to true. After a few hours of polishing, grinding, and work, the planes were in serviceable shape. Not great, but expected for the price.
- Monday, August 08, 2011
Nice Little Planes
BoxMaker (Sanford, Maine)
I purchased this exact same set of planes elsewhere and then received these as a gift, so I have doubles now.
As with all but the finest planes, they will need to be trued. And honestly, anyone who expects otherwise (especially at this price) is truly naive.
After truing and lapping sides and soles to 400grit and honing irons to 2500grit(wet-dry paper), these perform very, very well and are super handy for the small boxes I make. Well worth the time and money invested!
- Saturday, July 09, 2011
Excellent Plane After Some Tuning
Poppa Dook (Forked River, New Jersey)
When received these little planes they needed some work. I took one at a time. I trued the bottoms sharpened the blades all the way to 6000 grit . For me they work like a charm for cleaning small areas on my knife scales. I am a knife maker and I love these planes.
- Thursday, January 28, 2010
Jose (Bronx, New York)
I purchased these planesas soon as i saw them, i figured no more stubbed finger nails in small corners. well what a DISSAPOINTMENT they were, i got them out of the package and quickly found out that they were badly built and needed a lot of truing. The blades were very dull, I really got what i paid for, a unwanted headache.
If your not experienced in truing planes then you have several paper weights.
Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department Our testing has indicated that the Small Scale Woodworkers Planes are soundly made and quite functional; however, they do require that the blades be sharpened and honed prior to use (in fact, the same could be said of a Stanley). On average, it took us about 30 minutes to get the three small-scale planes fully functional, with a keen edge on the blades (we did find a few unevenly ground blades that required more effort). As a result, we've clarified the product description on the website, and have prepared a technical memo regarding tool prep and blade sharpening that is to be included in future shipments. We appreciate your comments and thank you, as always, for your input.
- Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Crude and Unusable
Boston Luthier (Boston, MA)
I bought these planes in the hopes they could help me clean up little jobs, fine pieces, or even be used for touch up planing on ebony fingerboards.
When they arrived, I found these planes crudely constructed - as if hand made by unskilled labor. They would require extensive truing up to be usable -- more trouble than they're worth. At about $12 each, i guess you get what you paid for, but I was still quite disappointed. Returned them immediately.