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Could anyone recommend a size of block plane, I just did an ebay search and the number of varieties in astonishing!

Cheers

Morgs
I wouldn't consider anything with shorter than a 6 inch sole.

Brett Morgan said:
Could anyone recommend a size of block plane, I just did an ebay search and the number of varieties in astonishing!

Cheers

Morgs
Would something like this do? There's also a lot of reference to low angle block planes, I'm guessing they dont take off as much meat at a time.

Brett

Josh Gayou (SmokehouseGuitars) said:
I wouldn't consider anything with shorter than a 6 inch sole.

Brett Morgan said:
Could anyone recommend a size of block plane, I just did an ebay search and the number of varieties in astonishing!

Cheers

Morgs
Something like what? Did you forget a link?

A low angle block plane has the following advantages:

1. There is usually a fine adjustment knob on the back of it that allows you to dial in the depth of your cut. On most standard block planes that I've seen in name stores, there is a flywheel tightener that you have to unscrew to move the blade, so you can only guess how much you've changed your depth. With my low angle plane, I don't have to unseat the blade to adjust it, so I can set depth by 1/4 or 1/8 turns.

2. The lower angle of attack will give you better results when planing across end grains and on woods that are more susceptible to tearing.

Brett Morgan said:
Would something like this do? There's also a lot of reference to low angle block planes, I'm guessing they dont take off as much meat at a time.

Brett

Josh Gayou (SmokehouseGuitars) said:
I wouldn't consider anything with shorter than a 6 inch sole.

Brett Morgan said:
Could anyone recommend a size of block plane, I just did an ebay search and the number of varieties in astonishing!

Cheers

Morgs
Sorry Josh, yeah I forgot the link...By 6" sole is that the length of the plane or the width of the blade?

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Block-Plane-Low-Angle-35mm-Blade-Mustarka-HT...

found this one too but it's pretty pricey:

http://www.carbatec.com.au/irwin-low-angle-block-plane_c6855

Cheers

Brett

Josh Gayou (SmokehouseGuitars) said:
Something like what? Did you forget a link?
A low angle block plane has the following advantages:
1. There is usually a fine adjustment knob on the back of it that allows you to dial in the depth of your cut. On most standard block planes that I've seen in name stores, there is a flywheel tightener that you have to unscrew to move the blade, so you can only guess how much you've changed your depth. With my low angle plane, I don't have to unseat the blade to adjust it, so I can set depth by 1/4 or 1/8 turns.

2. The lower angle of attack will give you better results when planing across end grains and on woods that are more susceptible to tearing.

Brett Morgan said:
Would something like this do? There's also a lot of reference to low angle block planes, I'm guessing they dont take off as much meat at a time.

Brett Josh Gayou (SmokehouseGuitars) said:
I wouldn't consider anything with shorter than a 6 inch sole.

Brett Morgan said:
Could anyone recommend a size of block plane, I just did an ebay search and the number of varieties in astonishing!

Cheers

Morgs

You've probably already got a plane by now, but if you bought a cheap one and want to upgrade, if I were putting that much into a plane (as the carbatec) I'd go with either Lie-Neilsen or Veritas.  Both much superior to anything else that I've seen, and both come straight ready to plane out of the box.  I'm not in OZ and haven't seen the Carbatec in the flesh, but I can speak for both LN and Veritas.  Better a good, lifetime tool if you can afford it.  Another option would be a pre-war Stanley (E-Bay) with a new Hock blade.

Brett Morgan said:

Sorry Josh, yeah I forgot the link...By 6" sole is that the length of the plane or the width of the blade?

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Block-Plane-Low-Angle-35mm-Blade-Mustarka-HT...

found this one too but it's pretty pricey:

http://www.carbatec.com.au/irwin-low-angle-block-plane_c6855

Cheers

Brett

Josh Gayou (SmokehouseGuitars) said:
Something like what? Did you forget a link?
A low angle block plane has the following advantages:
1. There is usually a fine adjustment knob on the back of it that allows you to dial in the depth of your cut. On most standard block planes that I've seen in name stores, there is a flywheel tightener that you have to unscrew to move the blade, so you can only guess how much you've changed your depth. With my low angle plane, I don't have to unseat the blade to adjust it, so I can set depth by 1/4 or 1/8 turns.

2. The lower angle of attack will give you better results when planing across end grains and on woods that are more susceptible to tearing.

Brett Morgan said:
Would something like this do? There's also a lot of reference to low angle block planes, I'm guessing they dont take off as much meat at a time.

Brett Josh Gayou (SmokehouseGuitars) said:
I wouldn't consider anything with shorter than a 6 inch sole.

Brett Morgan said:
Could anyone recommend a size of block plane, I just did an ebay search and the number of varieties in astonishing!

Cheers

Morgs

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