Our Model Maker's Block Plane is a miniature workhorse that will fit in some tight situations better than any other Block Plane. This delightful, small low-angle tool fits snugly in the palm of your hand, and is ideal for all sorts of chamfering and trimming jobs. Blade is 7/8" wide and 1/8" thick. Plane is 4 7/8" long and 1¼" wide. Weight is 8 oz.
Geometry: The blade sits in the body at 12º.
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. This also improves edge life in hardwoods.
Blade Adjustment: Slightly loosen the pressure of the cap and advance or retract the blade. Tighten the thumbscrew.
Materials: We use 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 Manganese Bronze.
The blade is A-2 Tool Steel hardened to Rockwell 60-62, cryogenically treated and double tempered. Our 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 sole is finished flat to a tolerance of less than .001". Depending on how much use your tool gets, an occasional light sanding with 400 or finer wet/dry paper on a flat surface will keep the sole in as-new condition.