Robert Lauder

Helpful votes received on reviews: 91% (77 of 85)
Location: Coventry, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 409,147 - Total Helpful Votes: 77 of 85
Draper 43364 No.5 Smoothing Plane by Draper
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I feared, 13 Mar 2012
Planes vary in price a lot for what is a pretty long-established pattern. The differences come down to the fineness in the machining, the quality of the cutter steel (and to a lesser extent the back iron and other components), and at this price, the Draper can't be offering much. And yet. Setup is fine, the sole is smooth, the blade holds its' edge pretty well, and I think it holds its own with one costing twice as much. I've only used it for a week or so, so if the frog and cap start working loose I'll come back and eat my words, but I have to say I'm pleasantly suprised. The negatives I would note are the knob and handle feel a little meagre by comparison to a Stanley, and the lever cap… Read more
Stanley 7 Jointer  Plane 2.3/8In   1 12 007 by Stanley
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasure to use, 13 Mar 2012
I don't have the tools to check for an absolutely flat sole, but visually it looks fine. The blade is ground to 25 degrees (with sharp 90 degree corners) and I honed the edge to 30. I had to use locking pliers to get enough leverage to separate the back iron from the cutter. I found that the frog was only attached to the sole with one of the two bolts provided, because the centres were about 1mm further apart on the sole than the frog slots, which give about 8mm of play in setup. Removing both bolts and tightening them a little at a time each got it attached properly, with no subsequent chatter.
Using the plane is actually a very pleasant experience, you feel the benefit of the extra… Read more
Faithfull VW175DQ Woodwork Vice 7-inch Quick Relea&hellip by Faithfull
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Solid.., 1 Mar 2012
This is an visual review only. The front dog does not retract fully into the front jaw, and protrudes about 5mm up at its lowest position. The toeing in towards the top of jaws looks like about 5 degrees - certainly noticeable. The jaws have 2 holes mounted on a horizontal plane for the ply/whatever facings you would add to them (I would have preferred 4 but it's a minor issue). The paint on the user-facing parts is solid with no chips. The quick release handle action feels good. There are no mountings included with this item, you will need 4 M10 bolts and a few washers, the two mounting holes nearer the rear jaw are enclosed and the other two are open parallel to the screw to allow for… Read more