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St. Marys, WV
Stanley SW No. 62 Low Angle Jack Plane
When i pulled the plane out of the box it looked great, I couldn't wait to use it on some end grain cutting boards that i was making for a few customers. The first thing I did was strop the blade across some leather and it was ready to go (or so i thought). When I installed the blade into the frog I noticed that the lateral adjustment would only move the blade about a .001 due to a large piece of metal left behind from casting.I would also like to mention the aluminum cap, it's light weight, flimsy, and the paint chipped off of it the first time the aluminum flexed, which it will do every time you take the iron out for honing. Something else I would like to add, is that where the lateral adjustment lever seats in the bed it was completely out of round and egged out from whatever machine Stanley used to make the slot for the lever. For just under $200, this is a complete rip off from Stanley.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Not perfect but it works great
Grand Rapids, MI
The only real complaints I have with the plane is it has a very poor paint job and the casting is rough at the edges. I had to sand the bottom edges of the plane a little so they wouldn't ding up the wood.
The plane tote as ugly as I thought it was is actually very comfortable to hold while using. The iron is massive and I have found that it holds its edge very well.
I have had the plane for 6 months or so and have been very happy with it.
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Planing a piece of White Limba
Planing the end grain on some red oak
This new sweetheart plane seems to be a fairly good attempt by Stanley to regain their former glory in the plane business.
The sole of my plane is pretty flat, very slightly dished in the center. It shouldn't take much work to flatten it properly. The blade is substantial and was fairly sharp out of the box, being almost, but not quite, ready to use.
Overall, I think this plane will be a nice addition to my stable of planes, but I don't think it is nicer than the Wood River bench planes that I have. It doesn't inspire me to acquire more of the new Sweetheart bench models like the Wood River #3 did.
I'm a little concerned about the aluminum cap on this plane. I'd be much happier with a good steel or even a cast iron cap, especially considering the price of this plane.
This may sound a little nit picky, but when you spend this much for a plane you should be nit picky. Out of the box I see a sliver of light between my straight edge and the sole of the plane. It took about 5 minutes using 320 grit sandpaper to flatten the sole completely. I put a secondary bevel (<30 degrees) on the blade and was shooting end grain with very satisfying results. The mouth does not close as much as the LN bevel up jack, but that does not really matter as long as you put a 40-50 degree secondary bevel to plane the face of a board. I suggest buying an extra blade if you want to use this plane for both edge and face planning unless you really enjoy resharpening.
Iron too wide.
Indian Trail NC
The quality is good overall, the A-2 steel for the iron holds a great edge. The plane iron was too wide and did not allow for enough side to side movement, the blade could not cut paralle to the base. This blade was replaced by Woodcraft and the plane now works well.
Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada
$50.00 more and you got yourself a "premium", unmatched-quality, Lie-Nielsen no 62 low angle Jack plane.
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