Shearing

This technique is perfect for planing tough end-grain wood. The plane is held firmly in one hand so that you can put all the power of your shoulder behind the stroke. Then you run the plane with a sideways sliding or shearing cut. If the cutter is well honed and you catch the grain right, you will achieve a silky smooth surface that won't need sanding.

Lateral adjustment lever

Guide knob

Depth adjustment lever

Mouth adjustment lew above: Low-angle block plane for use on laminates and end grain.

Lateral adjustment lever

Guide knob

Depth adjustment lever

Revel uppermost

above: Cross-section showing :he bevel and mouth.

Revel uppermost

I Set the workpiece in the vise so that rhi* end grain far«» is npjvrmmr and clamp strips of waste at both the end and the start of the run. Make sure that the wasters are perfectly aligned with the edges to be planed.

2 Turn the plane over so that you can sight down the length of the sole, then advance the blade and make a trial cut. Repeat this procedure until you achieve the finest cut.

If need be, adjust the lateral control.

If the plane is correctly tuned, and your technique is good, the resulting surface will be perfectly smooth and almost polished.

5 If the wasters arc correctly placed and clamped, they will take any splitting damage rather than the workpiece.

TIPS BOX

There is something special about a well-tuned block plane. Maybe it's the small size, or the feet that it feels like an extension of the arm. or perhaps its simply that the block plane gets the job done. No matter - suffice it to say that many woodworkers are fascinated by block planes - especially the old. out-of-production types. Many of these old planes are better made and less expensive than new models.

The following out-of-production planes are just a few of the many that are revered by both users and collectors:

• The Record No.0130 bullnose is a choice item - able to cut shavings as thin as .001 inch.

• The Record No.0100 1/2 is great for model making, with a sole convex in both wdth and length.

• The Union No. 138 Knuckle-joint lever plane 1905. with an improved throat adjjstment.

• The Union No. 101. called a toy block plane because of its 3-inch length.

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