What angle should a plane blade be sharpened?

What angle should a plane blade be sharpened?

The trials and error of woodworking over the centuries has shown us that a sharp edge for woodworking is best achieved if the angle of the two planar surfaces meet somewhere between 25 and 45 degrees, with a sweet spot at 25 to 30 degrees.

When would you use a bullnose plane?

The bullnose plane – so called because it has a front end that looks like a rounded nose – is a small plane with a very short leading edge to its body, so that it can be used in tight spaces. Most commonly, it is either a shoulder or rebate plane that can be used to plane almost right into corners.

What is a bullnose rabbet plane used for?

Bullnose and shoulder planes are designed to finish rabbets, so their plane irons are wider than the plane bodies. They are also handy for all sorts of delicate trimming and shaving that larger planes cannot reach.

Can you plane curved wood?

Everyone needs a curve-soled plane at some time A curved plane sole curves in both directions, enabling the plane to work in more a scalloping, hollowing action. Thus any surface in any wood to any contoured area can be brought to superbly refined levels of workmanship.

Can you use a rabbet plane as a shoulder plane?

Like a shoulder plane, a rabbet plane is set up to cut edge-to-edge. In practical terms, a rabbet plane and a shoulder plane can handle a lot of the same tasks. But all-in-all, a shoulder plane is the more versatile of the two.

What does a bull nose plane do?

The shoulder plane (also bullnose plane) is a plane tool with a blade flush with the edges of the plane, allowing trimming right up to the edge of a workpiece. Like a rebate plane, the shoulder plane’s blade extends, therefore cuts, to the full width of the tool.

How big is the blade on a bullnose plane?

As with the #78 plane the blade is wider than the plane sole width and this is generally necessary. Ideally, when you set the blade to the side of the plane the blade should stick past the side of the plane by 1-2mm.

Which is the correct way to mount a bullnose plane?

A fact to remember is that almost all of the bullnose planes are bevel-up (BU) planes, which means that the bevel of the cutting edge is mounted uppermost when installed in the plane as apposed to facing down. Installing it the wrong way up in the plane is always the commonest mistake.

How old is the Stanley 90 bullnose plane?

My Stanley #90 bullnose plane. I like others too, but this one, well, it’s served me for 51 years so far.

What are the scallops on a bullnose plane?

Notice with the #90 plane that the lever cap securing the blade inside the plane has two directional diverting scallops either side of the leading edge to the component. These scallops divert the shavings one way or the other depending on which corner of the plane is being used at the time.