Re: Block Plane

Posted by Dave Houser on Oct 10, 2004

The cutting irons in block planes are a smaller angle to create a lower angle than smoothing planes. They cut better cross grain and on end grain but are more prone to tear out parallel to the grain. They are nice for general shaping because they are small and handy. I use a Stanley Low angle block plane 13 1/2 degree iron compared to 21 degrees in their standard block planes. Smoothing planes are typically 45 dregrees.

In Response to: Block Plane by Rich on Oct 10, 2004