This delightful, small tool fits snugly in the palm of your hand. It is a miniature work-horse — ideal for all sorts of chamfering and trimming jobs. Overall length, including the squirrel-tail handle, is 4-7/8". The sole is 1-1/4" wide x 3-1/2" long.
Ductile Iron body, Bronze cap.
Our Model Maker's Block Plane is a miniature workhorse that will fit in some tight situations better than any other Block Plane. This delightful, small low-angle tool fits snugly in the palm of your hand, and is ideal for all sorts of chamfering and trimming jobs.
The blade comes ready to use. Slight additional honing will increase performance. A secondary bevel of up to 5º helps achieve a razor edge quickly. This also improves edge life in hardwoods. For more information on advanced sharpening we suggest David Charlesworth's DVD Hand Tool Techniques Part 1: Plane Sharpening.
Slightly loosen the pressure of the cap and advance or retract the blade. Tighten the thumbscrew.
We use Ductile Iron for the bodies. These castings are fully stress-relieved, a process that removes inherent stresses and ensures that the tool will remain flat and true. The cap is Manganese Bronze.
The blade is A-2 Tool Steel hardened to Rockwell 60-62, cryogenically treated and double tempered. Our heat-treating technique ensures that the blade will take and hold a very fine edge for a long time. After heat-treating the blade is fully surface ground on the top, back and cutting edge, giving a smooth, flat surface that will take a mirror finish very quickly. The 1/8" thickness provides solid, chatter-free cutting.
The sole is finished flat to a tolerance of less than .001". Depending on how much use your tool gets, an occasional light sanding with 400 or finer wet/dry paper on a flat surface will keep the sole in as-new condition. You should oil and wrap your tool after each use. We recommend Jojoba Oil, a vegetable oil based product. It is non-toxic, odor-free and easy to use. Also, in our shop, we use a fine abrasive handblock to remove any light surface oxide from tool bodies and blades. Jojoba Oil and the abrasive handblock are available from us.
Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for the life of your tool. Call for repairs or replacement parts. We are available for advice if you ever have a problem using your tool.
Bronze and brass alloys contain lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.