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DIY Frequently Asked Questions / Block Plane

  • DIY Frequently Asked Questions / Block Plane')"> Is much smaller than bench planes and used for smoothing the end grain of boards and shaping small pieces of wood.
  • Blades are positioned bevel side up and set at a low angle (12 degrees in low angle models and 20 degrees in standard models) to permit very thin shaving of work piece.
  • Available in both adjustable and non-adjustable models, adjustable block planes feature steel screws, usually on the end of the plane, to vary the height of the cutting iron.
  • Some block planes have an adjustable mouth to vary chip thickness. A very narrow mouth is best for fine finishing, while a wider mouth allows quick stock removal on less critical work.