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2010 in Review

I haven’t had much of a chance to write anything new since my previous post so, I thought some of you may find this interesting… (Apologies if I’m wrong – normally wood-related witterings to resume shortly!):

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.


In 2010, there were 105 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 125 posts. There were 31 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 71mb. That’s about 3 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was December 13th with 268 views. The most popular post that day was Quangsheng Rebate Block Plane (Part 1).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were ukworkshop.co.uk, workshopheaven.blogspot.com, en.wordpress.com, floweringelbow.co.uk, and forums.woodnet.net.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for tuff saws, quangsheng planes, tuffsaws, quangsheng, and small workshop.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Quangsheng Rebate Block Plane (Part 1) January 2010


Review: Work Sharp 3000 January 2010


Gallery October 2009


Tuff Saws February 2010
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Quangsheng Rebating Block Plane: My Verdict February 2010

Happy New Year to you all! Thanks for reading.


3 responses to “2010 in Review

  1. Patrick Anderson 17/12/2011 at 01:04

    Bit late to comment on this now mate, I guess.

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now and although I want to stay with Japanese woodworking my wallet is telling me I can do just as well with western tools. I just haven’t found the equivalent of a block plane yet and the chisels are another round of Russian roulette.

    I’ve been keeping my eye on the UK forums and I keep seeing the Quangsheng name pop up.I happened to do a search and you popped up. As I now live in the US, I have the usual suspect to pick from. That said I’m still considering the refurb a old record or stanley route.

    I guess in the end, I’ll go with one of the modern variants, for at least I will be keeping the fire going.

    • Olly Parry-Jones 17/12/2011 at 08:34

      Hi Patrick,

      Those Quangsheng planes you’ve read about represent excellent value for money. They are Lie-Nielsen clones but, I’ve no idea how the Chinese are able to produce them at such a low price! There are also ‘Qiangsheng’ planes sold by at least one UK retailer but, they’re not quite as ‘refined’ as the Quangsheng planes available from Workshop Heaven.

      In the US, I’ve heard of the brand name ‘Wood River‘. Apparently, these are also very much like the Quangsheng/L-N clones but, at a more affordable price. I’ve heard that they may even be produced in the same factory in China but, as I’ve never seen one first-hand, I couldn’t confirm or deny that. Still, they might be worth looking in to.

      I did start off with a couple of old Record and Stanley block planes but I’ve since sold them on, with a preference for the QS and the tougher steel used for its irons. Hope this helps. 🙂

      • Patrick Anderson 17/12/2011 at 18:58

        Rob Cosman has been pushing the wood river planes over here for a while. I’ll have a look at them next time I’m near the woodcraft store.

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