Groz - No. 4(2) - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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No. 4(2)

Groz - No. 4(2)

$33 (As of 4/7/2011)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: Smoothing Planes

review date: April 7, 2011

Too much blade deflection and chatter on the bubinga and cherry and white oak end grain.

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Editor Test Results:

Sole Flatness N/A

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Groz
Manufacturer's Web Site
Manufacturer's Phone Number +91-124-221-4050
Adjustable Mouth N/A
Blade Size 0.075-in.-thick
Materials Blade: High-carbon steel, Handle: Hand-rubbed hardwood

I was working for a Wood/tool Company in Calgary Alberta when Groz approached us to carry their tools. As I have about 40 years working with wood the owner of the company sent me up to where the Groz tools were being displayed. As a paperweight the Groz #4 would be a perfect choice. As a smoother not a prayer. The casting was so bad that the blade could not be advanced to the point of actually cutting. The rest of the quality of the plane was in keeping with the casting. I looked at their 60 1/2 while I was there. I suppose there is a lot to be said for consistency..... These pieces of cast (poorly) iron resemble a tool right up till you pick one up and try to use it. On the other hand, their 6" dividers are (for $5.00) wonderful for laying out dovetails. About 10 minutes at home spent honing the points to actually be points and you are ready to go. They truly are a "best buy" for a set of working dividers. So, Dividers, wonderful buy, yes go get them! Planes, run away screaming!!

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