My Tools #1: Mini Block Plane

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Blog entry by Eric posted 01-31-2008 02:49 PM 1478 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m starting a new series with this post, figuring that I’ll want to talk more about old and new tools in the future.

Tiny Block Plane

I was in a random hardware store today when I saw a couple of these little guys sitting on the shelf. I thought, for $9, why not? Rosewood body, with a small brass wear strip on the bottom. The blade is 7/8” wide, and seems to be positioned well in the mouth. It’s probably a crappy blade, but I’m decent at sharpening, so that should be surmountable.

Looking forward to trying it out!

[This entry was taken from my personal site, Adventures in Woodworking.]

EDIT 2/1/2007: After a bit of googling, I found this plane’s maker on the web: Mujingfang. I also found several reviews of them (both the tiny smoother like mine as well as other Mujingfang planes) and they seem to be very decent!

-- Eric at

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#1 posted 01-31-2008 03:07 PM

I couldn’t have resisted it at that price Eric.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#2 posted 01-31-2008 03:12 PM

I’ve heard those style of block planes work really well. I haven’t done anything with them myself, mostly because I’m to busy buying old metal ones ;)

Nice looking plane you’ve got there. Let me know how it works!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#3 posted 01-31-2008 05:34 PM

That’s a chinese plane. These are the type of planes I use. I think it works really well, the blade is probably High Speed Steel as mine are. The Angle set pretty high on it, so it works well on the harder wood. I like these planes because you can flip the blade over, make it bevel up and use it as a scraper plane on figured woods. Just get youself a little tack hammer to set the blade.

-- Thuan

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#4 posted 01-31-2008 05:56 PM

Hey, thanks for the info, Thuan! Yes, I think you’re right – it is a Chinese brand. And yes, it said “High Speed Steel” but I’ve gotten to where I don’t trust everything I read where I am! Thanks also for the tip about flipping it over.

-- Eric at

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#5 posted 01-31-2008 10:56 PM

Ten bucks! I’d a bought a couple, too.

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#6 posted 02-01-2008 08:14 AM

Teeny – though the blade looks reasonably stout for the overall size. Looks to be thicker than a standard Stanley blade!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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