In fine woodworking 219 handplane pro chris gouchner took 14 smoothing planes for a test drive and to help you become a more savvy tool shopper fww senior editor tom mckenna has picked up where gouchner left off. All the smoothing plane does is make the surface look and feel smooth.
The cutting iron is hand forged high carbon steel which will take and hold an edge better than most contemporary planes.
Smoothing plane fine woodworking. The most common smoothing plane in use today is the number 4 smoothing plane and as the name indicates its job is to smooth the wood by removing very fine shavings leaving a super smooth finish. 4 1 2 smoothing plane based on the venerable norris adjusting mechanism. Before sandpaper was in common use surfaces such as veneers were not sanded down but smoothed with the smoothing plane.
The plane also features gunmetal sides a ductile iron sole and an a2 steel blade. 604 bedrock smoothing plane vintage 1910 is always on my bench. Stephen thomas thomas a plane enthusiast made this round sided smoothing plane out of cocobolo brass and stainless steel fittings.
We ve taken a look at and reviewed the best smoothing planes around we ve selected the ones that are of the highest build quality that offer. Once it looks and feels good the smoothing plane s work is done. The extra thickness of the cutting iron and of the two piece cap iron gives the cutting edge tremendous support close to the point.
I find i get there faster with a no. The plane is ready for use straight from the box though many woodworkers will prefer to add their own personal honing touch to the cutting edge. A knob on the end of the lever adjusts the blade height.
Get woodworking tips expert advice and special offers in your inbox. The plane is a handy size for smoothing a board shooting the edge of a drawer cutting a tapered leg and many of the other daily planing tasks. I have other old smoothers norrises and spiers heavy planes i keep tuned.
It was essential to set the iron with extreme precision and to work with the highest degree of skill. And that s the job of the jointer. Smoothing planes are used for the finest finishing work on the wood surface.
In this short video learn what to look for when shopping for a new smoothing plane why you should stay away from bargain. 2 3 and 4 bevel down smoothing planes. By fww gallery member oct 22 2013.
That was until veritas unveiled its new no. From left smoothing planes nos. As an ardent plane collector and user i d have bet there was nothing new you could show me in a bench plane.
With the norris system the lever provides two adjustments. Sign up for eletters today and get the latest techniques and how to from fine woodworking plus special offers. Smoothing planes for fine finishing.