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Clifton Block Plane...disappointing!

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Clifton Block Plane...disappointing!

Postby Woodbloke » 13 Jul 2019, 21:31

I recently sold a few odd n'sods elsewhere in part to fund the purchase of a Clifton Block Plane. I'd fancied one for a while and heard good things of it a while ago from Paul Chapman, late of UKW. One was duly ordered from Classic Hand Tools and it arrived in record time the very next day.

It's a heavy wee beastie and difficult to use one handed, plus I found the Norris style adjuster in a smallish plane awkward to laterally adjust the blade....it's much easier to tap it with a small knockometer. That wasn't the worst thing though by a long shot because when the mouth was closed up really righty-tighty as you'd expect for a block plane, the blade couldn't be set parallel with the sole....it was 'up' on the lhs.

Now I checked it and double checked it (possible burrs, a speck of dust raising the cutter etc etc) but every time it was the same result; the blade was out of kilter with the sole. The only possible cause was poor bed machining which raised the cutter a fraction on the lhs (as you sight down the sole)

When I'd payed nearly £300 for a block plane, I expected it to be absolutely bloody perfick straight out the box. This one wasn't :evil: , so after a very brief call on the dog n'bone yesterday morning, it's now merrily on it's way back to CHT and a full refund will shortly be appearing in my bank account - Rob
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Re: Clifton Block Plane...disappointing!

Postby TrimTheKing » 13 Jul 2019, 21:37

That’s a shame. You going to get another to see if it was a bad one or you had enough?

I remember years ago Paul was pestering them to do one and they had it in the offing but I didn’t know it had come out.

I do like the Clifton green and have listed after them before. Shame to see this though.

Are they still a British company?
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Re: Clifton Block Plane...disappointing!

Postby Woodbloke » 13 Jul 2019, 21:53

TrimTheKing wrote:That’s a shame. You going to get another to see if it was a bad one or you had enough?

I remember years ago Paul was pestering them to do one and they had it in the offing but I didn’t know it had come out.

I do like the Clifton green and have listed after them before. Shame to see this though.

Are they still a British company?

Not going to chance it with another one Mark; if one was 'bad' there's every chance that the whole batch could be down the pan. They're now owned by Thomas Flinn & Co but still made in Sheffield. It was a shame 'cos it came in the post at 5.30pm and was on it's way back to Ipswich the following morning by 8.45am - Rob
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Re: Clifton Block Plane...disappointing!

Postby Andyp » 14 Jul 2019, 07:00

Rob, one of the delights of my el-cheapo Stanley block plane is the ability to hold a piece of wood in one hand and chamfer the corners with the other. A block plane so heavy that it needs two hands sounds a little incongruous to me. Not to mention the price!
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Re: Clifton Block Plane...disappointing!

Postby Woodbloke » 25 Jul 2019, 18:04

The refund appeared very promptly, part of which was instantly disposed off on a LN 60.5 block plane which was, as you'd expect, perfick straight out the box - Rob
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