Floats are traditional tools used to cut, flatten, and smooth (or float) the critical surfaces of a wooden plane, such as the bedding of the blade, the mouth, and the wedge abutment. They are capable of extremely precise work.
Typically floats have been craftsman-made. We have worked with
contemporary wooden plane makers Clark & Williams to develop these floats and are very pleased to make them available.
Floats are also useful around the woodshop for lots of jobs besides plane making, and if you have never used one you will be amazed at how quickly they will produce an accurate, smooth surface. Try one for flattening, chamfering, smoothing flat and curved surfaces.
Our floats are made from S-7 tool steel, hardened and tempered to RC 50-52 for edge life and resharpening ability. 8tpi, 80° rake angle, maple handles.
Your floats arrive sharp, but additional sharpening with a triangular file will improve performance. Re-sharpening will be necessary after some use. For more information see the link below:
use and care instructions
To view a video demonstrating how to sharpen floats, click here.