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3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag, 15 July 2014
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This review is from: Faithfull CARPBAG Carpenters Tool Set (7 Pieces) (DIY & Tools)
I have been using these tools for a number of months now so I though it was time to share my thoughts. This is a nicely presented set comprising a selection of tools that I have found to be of variable quality. It may be appropriate as a gift for someone starting out but an intermediate or in-any-way experienced woodworker would, in my opinion, be better off buying individual items of better quality. The block plane is good and enjoyable to use once the time is taken to sharpen it properly. The No. 4 plane is mediocre in that the sole isn't perfectly flat, the mouth is oversized and it's difficult to get a good edge on the iron. The try square is almost square. The bevel and mortice gauge are fine. The marking knife isn't great with a soft blade of the single bevel type making the layout of complex joints more difficult. Faithful make a much better marking knife which is nicer to use and is excellent value. The spokeshave is by far the worst part of the set and I have found it impossible to get a keen edge on the blade. The blade seems to be so soft that my attempts to hone it have resulted in no more than rolling a burr from one side to the other. I plan to replace the blade but have bought a better spokeshave in the interim.
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Initial post: 5 Nov 2014 23:23:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Nov 2014 23:32:11 GMT
Re. the mouth being too large - have you tried moving the frog forward? I opened up the mouth on my vintage #4 Marples plane - by moving the frog backwards - because I mainly use it on uneven green wood. It made a huge improvement and stopped the plane clogging up & choking. It was lucky that I stumbled on information about the frog, it had not occurred to me that this might be adjustable.

Re. the burr, have you tried just stropping the edge after you have produced the burr along the entire length? I have many metal spoke shaves, my favourite spoke shave currently has a simple single screw adjustment - it's enough. The casting just says "Made in England" although I think the iron is Stanley (or possibly Record). My least favourite is the newest looking, it has a shiny metal cover that fits the frame poorly - probably made somewhere in Asia. I have a vintage curved base Record with 2 screw adjustment I like it but that gets bunged up too quickly with green wood (mouth probably too small for my needs).
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