These small bronze planes fit perfectly in the hand and slip easily into the pocket. The 5¼" (13.33cm) body holds a 1¼" (3.17cm) x 1/8" (3.17mm) thick blade. An unobtrusive Stainless Steel adjuster offers blade control of micrometer ease and precision with minimum backlash.
The blade in the Low Angle Plane is bedded at 12° for fine cuts and end grain. The blade in the standard angle is set at 20° and will take a heavier cut with the grain.
Toothed blades for Block Planes and Bench Planes have small chisel-like teeth .030" (.762mm) wide, and spaced .030" apart. They are used for heavy stock removal in difficult grain. Follow with a fine-set Smoothing Plane.
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Low and Standard Angle Block Planes are fashioned in such a pleasing shape that they will rapidly become the most used tools in your kit. The mouth of the plane is made to take a maximum .008-.010” cut, which is a compromise size suitable for most woodworking. Tight mouth versions are available for specialized applications.
Geometry: In the Low Angle Plane, the blade is bedded at 12°, making the included cutting angle 37°. In the Standard Angle, it is bedded at 20°, for a 45° cutting angle. Both blades come with a 25° flat ground bevel.
Blade Sharpening: The blade comes ready to use. Slight additional honing will increase performance. A secondary bevel of up to 5 degrees helps achieve a razor edge quickly. For more information on advanced sharpening we suggest David Charlesworth’s DVD Hand Tool Techniques Part 1: Plane Sharpening.
Blade Adjustment: Slightly loosen the pressure of the cap and advance or retract the blade. Tighten the spinwheel. Do not overtighten. You should be able to adjust the blade after loosening the spinwheel about a quarter turn.
Materials: Manganese Bronze or Ductile Iron for the bodies. These castings are fully stress-relieved, a process that removes inherent stresses and ensures that the tool will remain flat and true. The cap is also Manganese Bronze; other parts are Brass and Stainless Steel.
The blade is A-2 Tool Steel hardened to Rockwell 60-62, cryogenically treated and double tempered. The heat-treating technique ensures that the blade will take and hold a very fine edge for a long time. After heat treating, the blade is fully surface ground on the top, back, and cutting edge, giving a smooth, flat surface that will take a mirror finish very quickly. The 1/8” thickness provides solid, chatter-free cutting.
Maintenance: The Bronze bodies are lapped, and Iron bodies are flat ground to a tolerance of less than .001”. Depending on how much you use your tool, an occasional light sanding with 400 or finer wet/dry paper on a flat surface will keep the sole in as-new condition. A light oiling on the threaded rod, adjuster nut and spinwheel will keep them moving freely. We recommend Camellia Oil, a vegetable oil based product. It is non-toxic, odor free and easy to use. Also, use a fine abrasive handblock to remove any light surface oxide from tool bodies and blades. Camellia Oil and the abrasive handblock are available from us. Many people like the patina that Bronze gets with age and use, but if you wish to keep the finish bright, a little brass polish is in order.
Guarantee: Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for the life of your tool. Call for repairs or replacement parts. We are available for advice if you ever have a problem using your tool.
Proposition 65 Notice: Bronze and brass alloys contain lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.