1. The Grizzly bandsaw fence is pretty good if you want a working replacement fence. My Ricon bandsaw also had a crappy fence. I replaced it with the Grizzly several years ago and it has worked well.

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    It’s not a bad idea Ken but getting Grizzly hardware on this side of the pond is a bit difficult. I usually don’t use a fence for anything but resawing so it’s not a huge deal to just use the shedmade one.

  3. “the underside of the table has ribs so it’s not so easy to find a flat spot to get the clamps on without tipping the fence over when you clamp”
    What about using a piece of wood under the table to bridge the ribs.
    Ad-hoc solution but, if you can drill holes in the table, you could screw the board making things easier to use. Or using glue?

  4. on instagram:
    “I had a cheapo #4 that I was using but the casting was digging into the edge of my hand and I was bleeding on the work which wasn’t helping the finish any, so I got another Record #04 to convert to a scrub plane. ”
    I have followed Paul Sellers example and rounded with a file every edge on my (chinese?) plane (except the cutting edge ;D and the mouth). I have also rasped the handle were it was hurting.
    Shooters use to custom handles, don’t they?
    see at 13’12”, 41’43” and 52’01”

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    It’s not a bad idea, but you would have to drill the table which I didn’t want to do; also a 3″x2″ box section of extruded alu would let me move the clamps between the ribs easily and give the fence greater stability so it’s a win-win (3×2 instead of 3×3 because with 3×2 you get either a 3″ or a 2″ fence depending on your needs – if you need a 1″ fence, something’s very odd but the straight-edge section I have already could do that). Also, the front side of the table is relatively uncomplicated on the underside, but the back side has the pivoting gears and is a bit more finicky. If I just focussed on the last two inches or so before the edge it might work though…

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    I spent quite a while custom-building my own pistol grip alright Sylvain, it’s a familiar bit of work; but the problem with this plane is that it was digging into my hand even after I had filed it, the casting is so bad. And I couldn’t do much at all with a file to the adjustment knob and hardware, and if I ever forgot and curled my fingers around the grip fully, I got reminded on the next stroke by that hardware removing all the skin off my knuckles.
    It just really was a terrible, terrible cheap piece of dross; which in 1930 would have meant a plane Lie Nielsen would have been happy to sell but which in the last two decades means something whose most positive virtue is that it won’t immediately kill the user…

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