It's not so bad if it's used for plowing, but a poor substitute for moulding planes pretty much everywhere else. I can't remember who said it, but I also got a cherry 55 at the same time I bought a 45 and got both with boxes. Someone advised spending the money and getting both in full sets with original box (full set of irons and all) because it'll make selling them easier when you find out they're a pain to use.she was also a fan of the stanley 45. another combination tool best left alone.
I thought she left for personal reasons - according to her blog at least, she was off woodwork.I recall she gave me a lot of good advice when I first joined here. During my hiatus, she left in 2012 due to 'childish squabbling'. Her and Paul Chapman are the main two posters from when I first joined that I 'miss'.
I also recall selling her a Washita oilstone that I wasn't impressed with. Think she liked it but here sharpening skills were/are much better than mine.
Oh, I must have got the wrong end of the stick. I didn't post here for a long time and , upon returning, I checked who was still active. I recall one of Alf's last posts being in a thread that had turned into a dung show and she said something like she'd had enough.
I recall seeing some posts not too long ago. I remember Alf from Badger Pond. Always good to interact with.It must be at least 8 or 9 years ago. Alf and I were both doing a fair amount of road testing of tools for Lee Valley/Veritas. We wrote reviews - because it was fun (we were never asked to do so) - and posted them on the forum here. There were always a bunch of fckwits around who liked nothing better than to accuse Alf and myself of fronting for Lee Valley. This happened very often. What started as a fun activity, aimed at sharing information with fellow enthusiasts, turned nasty and vicious. I could see Alf becoming disillusioned and depressed, eventually with an increasing cynicism for all. In the end she decided enough was enough, and quit. Her blog moved from woodworking to fountain pens.
I thought I read a post or two of hers on this forum a few months ago. I do hope so. I really loved her writing - so much better than mine - full of humour and good insights.
Regards from Perth
Yes welded steel, ali castings, plastic bits.I thought of it as the sten gun of woodworking machines. all welded steel and rough fitting.