Wooden Planes #10: High-angle Block

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Blog entry by Mark Kornell posted 04-16-2014 03:26 AM 1958 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This one doesn’t see much use because it is fairly specialized. The bed angle is 60 degrees, highly useful in certain applications. Completely useless in most others. :-) That’s too bad, because it is a nice fit in the hand.

It tends to be hard to adjust. Tapping the iron to advance is fine, but tapping the back of the plane is just as likely to either do nothing or loosen the wedge as it is to retract the iron. The applied shock when you tap it at the back doesn’t mesh well with the bed angle, and tapping it on the top just behind the iron – besides feeling just wrong – likes to loosen the wedge. There’s probably some sweet spot on the arch of the back that works well, but I haven’t found it yet.

Iron is a 1 1/2” Hock. I’ve left it at the bevel angle it came with, although I’m considering steepening it as it needs grinding, maybe eventually getting to something like 40 degrees. Considering that it isn’t used often, it may take a couple decades to get there.

And in case it isn’t obvious, the body is beech and the sole is purpleheart. Finish is tung oil.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#1 posted 04-16-2014 03:56 AM

Nice! I want one like this.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#2 posted 04-17-2014 01:08 PM

I’ve used and seen a lot of planes, but other than a scrape plane, I haven’t seen this steep of angle. What do you use it for?

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Mark Kornell

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#3 posted 04-18-2014 06:45 AM

Nels, it comes in handy when working hard wood with gnarly grain. I’ve got some nasty jatoba that none of my other planes work well with.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#4 posted 04-18-2014 06:47 AM

Mauricio, is that a hint?

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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