Review: Stanley 12-140 No.92 Shoulder and Chisel Plane

Stanley 12-140 No.92 Shoulder and Chisel Plane

Stanley 12-140 No.92 Shoulder and Chisel Plane
Newest addition to Sweet Heart line of planes from , The S.W. No. 92 features a 1/8 thick A-2 blade and a two piece ductile iron body with a fully adjustable mouth. Ideal for work or once separated, the exposed the blade can be used as a for cleaning corners and removing excess glue. Limited lifetime warranty from Stanley.

  • Thicker blade made of A2 steel for increased edge retention and reduces chatter
  • Precision machined base for accuracy
  • Dual purpose shoulder and
  • Iron casting for weight and durability
  • Finger grips for comfort

List Price: $ 124.38

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    • R. Kawa "history buff"
    • December 19, 2013
    52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Disappointed, May 17, 2010
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    R. Kawa “history buff” (left coast, USA!) –

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    I own the smoothing and jack planes that are part of this new series of Sweetheart planes from stanley. Both the smoothing and jack planes were impressive right out of the box. They both required some work, honing of the blades and smoothing out the sole. They are not as ‘refined’ as my Lie Nielsen planes but then ‘you get what you pay for’.
    So when this shoulder plane became available I ordered it. On first impression it is a nice looking plane. But when picked up it was uncomfortable to hold (a bit of a problem for a ‘hand’ tool) This was due to the sharp edges all around the top and sides. The blade had some serious machining marks and the A2 steel took a LONG time to get those marks out and hone. It did not help that the back side of the blade was not flat. The sole was also not flat and took a REAL LONG time to flatten. The sharp top edges of the planes body had to be carefully relieved taking care not to scratch the front sides and back in the process.
    The 92’s new design does make it easier than the old model to set and adjust the blade. The heftier body and blade allows it cut very nicely.
    For the money I think I would have preferred to pay extra for a Lie Nielsen or Veritas shoulder plane.
    I was disappointed that this shoulder plane did not match the quality of its sibling smoother and jack planes.

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    • Charles Bechtel
    • December 19, 2013
    25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    You need a shoulder plane, December 30, 2010
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    Charles Bechtel (Ridgecrest, CA United States) –

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    I’m a hobby woodworker and I’ve started doing mortise and tenon joinery. Getting the tenons to fit just right is a real problem/pain. You really need a shoulder plane, but you don’t realize just how much you need one until you get one. I bought this plane in the middle of a project and it was a joy. Tweaking the tenons for a perfect fit was a real breeze compared to my past experience. It was one of those really great days in the workshop.

    This plane has a solid feel and heft. The adjustability seems adequate. However, while I like this plane it does require some setup out of the box and getting the chisel blade square requires some amount of effort. Also the edges could be rounded a bit more for a more comfortable grip.

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    • crh20817
    • December 19, 2013
    23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Be prepared to spend time tuning this plane, September 26, 2011
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    The Stanley Sweetheart No. 92 shoulder plane feels reasonably good in the hand and has good length and heft, but out of the box it is far from usable, or at least that was the case with mine. The instruction sheet claims the iron is honed and ready for use out of the box, but that is seldom the case and was no different here. That was easily remedied by my WorkSharp grinder, however. The sole had a slight cupping just behind the mouth, but this also was fairly easy to flatten out. The big problem for me has been the plane’s frog, which is cast as part of the body, not a separate adjustable piece. Removing the iron revealed that the frog was very poorly ground and skewed badly to the right, which explained why the plane would cut on the right side, but no amount of adjusting gave me any shavings off the left side. The body shape makes it impossible to simply grind the frog flat, so instead it took a considerable amount of time with a flat file to get things half way usable. Having just used the plane trimming several cherry tenons, I know I still have some work to do to get things where they ought to be. I know many would consider this a “cheap” plane, but for $80, I hoped for better workmanship. I would not recommend it unless you are prepared to spend a couple hours getting it in shape.

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