Violin Maker's Block Plane
This pocket-sized block plane is the smallest of our hand planes to feature a captive nut blade adjuster for precisely controlled depth of cut. Loosely based on the Stanley No.101 block plane, the Lie-Nielsen Violin Maker’s Plane features several significant improvements that put it in a class of its own. The body and cap are made from Manganese Bronze for extra weight, durability, and resistance to rust. The blade is made from 1/8" thick cryogenically treated A-2 steel for chatter-free cuts and prolonged edge life. The addition of a finely controlled blade depth adjuster make this little workhorse perfect for detail-oriented jobs like instrument building or model making.
The blade comes with a 25° flat ground bevel. It is bedded in the plane at 18°, giving you a cutting angle of 43°. The mouth of the plane is made to take a maximum .008-.010" cut, which is suitable for most woodworking.
The blade comes ready to use. Slight additional honing will increase performance. A secondary bevel of up to 5° helps achieve a razor edge quickly. 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 spinwheel. Do not overtighten. You should be able to adjust the blade after loosening the spinwheel about a quarter turn.