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Out of the box, cleaned the oil off with alcohol and started using. Verified flat (sole) and sides square. Cuts in pine were excellent. Smooth and even. Cuts in quarter-sawn White Oak (long grain) were nice and consistent. For use as a rabbet (rebate) plane it worked well. I did some hard maple with decent results. Had to hone the blade a touch for cherry to prevent surface tear. Removal of the nose piece allows getting into tight places. If anything, take some 1000 grit sandpaper (or scotch-brite fine) and go over the top edges. Out of the box they are a bit sharp. Not enough to cut or hurt, just "uncomfortable" on hard wood. The box, instructions, packing and everything was excellent.
The plane is a versatile traditional design that is convertible to a chisel plane. The Stanley Sweetheart line was a premium line of very well tools. The vintage originals are highly prized collector items. This appears to be well machined and the two main parts of the plane body are machined for a near-perfect fit. The sharp edges will benefit from a bit of rounding-off where your hands grip the plane.
Unfortunately the plane iron did not fit parallel to the base. If I angled the iron to fit the base then the edges were not even on the sides. The good news is that this gave me an opportunity to find out how fantastic Tyler Tool's customer service is. I called, the phone was answered immediately by a very nice CSR who apologized - although this was not Tyler's fault; Stanley just didn't machine something correctly- and she immediately arranged for me to return the plane.
Dealing with new suppliers on-line is often a cause for anxiety - Tyler Tool has earned my support as an excellent supplier with fantastic support in the rare case you might need it.
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