The soles of your Edge Trimming Block Plane have been hand lapped for flatness and squareness. Exactly square cuts are achieved by adjusting the angle of the blade in the mouth. A wider opening near the fence will produce an angle of less than 90°, near the outer edge, more. Start with the edge adjusted parallel to the mouth, and check your work for squareness. To Shoot a Straight Edge: The bottom edge of the fence is milled parallel to the sole. If this distance is measured (+/- 7/8") and a straight edge is clamped to the work accordingly, long glue joints may be shot — when the fence contacts the straight edge, cutting stops. With appropriate fixturing, miters, tapers and other angles may be produced, as well as precise dimensioning of strips, veneer, etc.
Angles such as draft for patternmaking may be planed using a wedge shoe. Slight angles can be achieved with a build-up of tape. Shoes of the right thickness will permit precise edging and depth control of rabbets and grooves. If the fence marks light woods, cover with tape or affix a thin hardwood shoe, or polish.
The blade is bedded at 12° with a 25° bevel, and is skewed in the body at 17°.
The blade comes ready to use. Slight additional honing will increase performance. A secondary bevel of up to 5 degrees 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.
Loosen the cap. Holding the tool upside down with your thumb on the cap, sight down the sole and adjust the blade to be parallel to the sole. It will show as a black line. Adjust depth with the lever, and tighten the cap. castings are fully stress relieved, a process that removes inherent stresses and ensures that the tool will remain flat and true. Other parts are Brass and Steel.
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