"low angle" block plane

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Forum topic by poser516 posted 08-15-2008 03:22 AM 1111 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-15-2008 03:22 AM

Hello woodworking guru’s,
so I know that the difference between a block plane and a low angle block plane is about 10 degrees, with the low angle plane being less of an angle compared to the surface it is planing.

my question is:
why would you want to plane at a low angle compared to the angle set by a reglar block plane?

does it operate more flush and smoothly and is better for finishing wood?


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#1 posted 08-15-2008 03:48 AM

they generally handle end grain better. Block planes are not usually used for finishing as much as they are for fitting.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#2 posted 08-15-2008 04:55 AM

ChicoWoodnut pretty much said it all in 1 sentence. Both LN and LV have the specs listed on their web sites, a simple search yields countless info/technique sources on line. Planes in general seem to be the most collected and discussed tool I can think of. Anyway, I think they are very versatile and amongst my most often used tools. For small or hard to reach areas they can serve as a smoother, perfect for the fine adjustments joinery and assembly may require. I have several, but my favorites are a LN only for shop use the new Stanley for job site work, great for trimming doors, trim and molding, etc. With minor honing the stanley preforms just as well as the LN, just slightly lighter. Required equipment for every shop or tool box.

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#3 posted 08-15-2008 11:47 AM

I’ve got both (LN’s) and the low angle comes out of the drawer the vast majority of the time. But if the wood is partiularly hard or figured, the standard angle often makes the difference between getting a bit of tearout or not. End grain generally comes out better with the LA. Get both – if you’re sticking them in an apron pocket you’ll need to balance them or you’ll develop a big lean to one side:-))

-- Use the fence Luke

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#4 posted 08-16-2008 06:26 AM

what does LN stand for, and what do you mean by “end grain”?

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#5 posted 08-16-2008 06:29 AM

LN = Lie Nielsen maker of fine hand pplanes.

End grain is what you see on the end of a board. The grain is far different to plane or tool.


-- Scott - Chico California

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