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Posted on Hand Planes...Low Angle Vs. Standard

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Ocelot

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#1 posted 04-16-2018 10:06 PM

Low angle planes always are used with the bevel of the blade facing up.

I don’t want to stir folks up, but I think low angle, bevel-up, planes are overrated.

Veritsas, for example, ships their bevel-up smoother with a 38 degree bevel on the blade.

With the bed at 12 degrees, that gets you an angle of attack of 50 degrees.

You can get the same thing by putting a 5 degree back bevel on a standard plane.

There is an argument that the iron is better supported and the force of the cut more directly transmitted, but I’m not convinced.

I think originally, low angle planes (like the Stanley 60 1/2 block plane) were most usually used with normal 25-degree beveled irons, which gave a 37 degree angle of attack. This was deemed helpful for end grain.

I’m certainly no expert on any of this. I do have a couple of 60 1/2’s and that’s about it for low-angle planes in my shop.

-Paul


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