Smoothing Planes

Smoothing Planes

The smoothing plane has already been described, and shown in the drawings given in woodworking planes . It is made in five lengths - 5 ½, 7, 8, 9, and 10 inches. The plane illustrated is that of 8 inches, and it may be considered the most suitable size for such work as is contemplated in this guide. This plane, as its name implies, is used for giving a final finish to work as it is left by the fore plane. Like the fore-plane, it must be used with long straight strokes. In adjusting the cutter, the cutter-cap (E, in the picture) must be brought as close as possible to the cutting-edge without completely covering it. Experience will soon show what is necessary in this direction. When the plane is in good order and properly used, it should cut a perfect shaving so thin as to be almost transparent.

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