16th October 2019


What is the purpose of a jack plane?

A jack plane (or fore plane) is a general-purpose woodworking bench plane, used for dressing timber down to the correct size in preparation for truing and/or edge jointing. In preparing stock, the jack plane is used after the scrub plane and before the jointer plane and smoothing plane.

Consequently, what is the difference between a bench plane and a block plane?

The difference is whether the bevel faces up or down. The bevel angles mean that bench planes excel at cutting with the grain while block planes are good for cutting end grain or against the wood grain. Bench planes. The plane size and shape also effects function.

What is the bevel angle on a block plane?

The low-angle block plane has a bed angle of 12° and the blade comes honed at an angle of 25°. Since the blade is used bevel up, the effective cutting angle will be 37°. The 25° blade bevel is ideal for fine trimming work on end-grain softwood and some hardwoods.

What do you use a bench plane for?

A hand plane is a tool for shaping wood using muscle power to force the cutting blade over the wood surface. Some rotary power planers are motorized power tools used for the same types of larger tasks, but are unsuitable for fine scale planing where a miniature hand plane is used.
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