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Thread: block vs. bench planes

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Central (upstate) NY

    block vs. bench planes

    I just visited the Lie-Nielsen site (What's that? Drool on the keyboard? Oh, right, let me wipe that off before continuing. ) looking for pricing on a spare blade for my LN 62 LA Jack plane to be used as a "normal" angle plane.

    After clicking on about half of the other categories, I found the 62 under Block Planes. I thought to myself, "The 62 is a block plane? I thought block planes were supposed to be able to be carried in your pocket. Not even Ned or Bill could fit my 62 in a pocket, much less little old me." Then I read the description which said something like, "blah blah, bevel-up planes are technically block planes, blah blah".

    Moving along, the Hock blade I just ordered is going into an old Craftsman plane which I have been told is a number 4. Is this a bench plane? If so, should I put the blade in bevel down?

    I feel like a complete ignoramus here.

    Thankfully, ignorance can be cured.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    'Real' men don't admit their ignorance by asking such questions. That's why I have never asked what the difference is in block and other style planes. If someone says "this is a nice block plane", I just respond with a wise sounding "yep".

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan

    Talking ingornace cure

    it should go in bevel down in no.4 bench plane
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

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