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Nice looking plane, but....I have been wanting a nice little shoulder plane for quite a while. This one really seemed to fit the bill. However, the first time I tried to adjust the blade the forged piece that is used to tighten the blade snapped in half. Now I have no way of hold the blade in place rendering it completely useless.
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Thank you for your review on the Woodworker's Trimming Planes. Please call 1-800-221-2942, and ask to speak with our technician. He will be able to assist you with this. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Not Flat or Square!Let's start with the positives, the sides were dead flat and parallel. And now onto the part where the manufacture didn't know what they were doing or didn't care to much. The sole was not ground square OR flat! It was 5 thousandths out side to side and 11 thousandths out corner to corner on one side (twisted, don't ask me how they did that one). To make matters worse, when you put the small bullnose attachment on, that was 35 thousandths to long; it was so long it raised the tool right up off of the work! I brought it to a machine shop next door and they milled it dead flat, the only problem with that was it opened the mouth of the plane so much that it is borderline useless... Any other problems you ask? Well, yes! The blade is wider then the plane and is so tightly fit into the body you can't adjust the blade square to the plane without it sticking out of the side of the plane (meaning you can't clean up a tenon or use the square properly). Also, the pin that holds the frog in place was not seated in the frog properly (it is off centered) and will stick out of the side of the plane which means the plane can't be used properly, once again. All in all, it can be made functional with lots and lots of work, but really, it would be easier to just buy a better made, more expensive one somewhere else.
Inadequate Video.The video review was heavy on preparation of the tool before using it the first time. But it gave very little information about use of the tool as a shoulder plane, which is what I wanted to see.
Great PlaneGreat planes to work with. Needed a little touch up before use, but otherwise a great buy.
A Little GemMachined beautifully and spectacular balance. This is a tool that you hold in your hand and you know it will do the job.
Nice Shoulder PlaneThis review is for the shoulder plane (83RO1.05). I just received the plane in the mail today. Took it out of the box and wiped off the protective oil. After marveling at its form and finish I subjected it to a closer examination. Upon checking it with a machinists square, I was pleased to see that the sole is as flat as can be and the sides are perfectly square to the sole. I can see myself removing the front portion of the plane and using it as a chisel plane. The grind on the iron is a little out of square (about 1/128 over 3/4") but clean. This will be easily squared with a little hand honing. My co-worker has a Stanley number 92 and this plane seems just as good to me. I am very happy with this plane especially after considering the great price. I would recommend this plane to any of my cabinet making co-workers. "
Great Shoulder PlaneI just got this plane in the mail today and it totally exceeded my expectations! The sole of the plane came flat and registered with the sides, the mouth was square. The only problem with the tool was that the blade was not ground square but it didn't take that long to square it up. I think that for the money you would have a hard time finding a better shoulder plane.
November 2012 Rate & Review Grand Prize $100 Winner. Congratulations, Justin!!