SOBA 3-in-1 Shoulder Plane tune-up and review


A few months ago I blogged about the advent of India-made premium planes. I said that I will try to get a hold of a shoulder plane, a clone of the Record No.311, and run a tool review on it. In June I bought such a plane from Garrett Wade. I conducted some tests and tuned up some of the plane's parts. Obviously, I took some pictures and short videos of the process. 

About the 3 in 1 plane: The design of the Indian made SOBA Shoulder, or Rabbet plane, is based on the pattern of a British shoulder plane made originally by Preston, later by Record, and is currently reproduced by Clifton. The most common use of the plane is as a regular shoulder plane. However, if the long nose is removed (a bolt keeps it in place) the plane becomes a Chisel plane, and if installed with the short nose, the plane is transformed into a Bullnose plane. 

This plane is made by Shobha Industries and is sold under several brand names. It can be purchased through woodworking catalogs, including: ShopFox, Garret Wade and Traditional Woodworker. I bought mine at Garret Wade in June 2012.

Watch this video blog review to learn more about the plane and how to fine-tune it. 


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Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.