An exceptional plane by any standard. The 50mm(2") wide A2 cryogenically treated blade extends the full width of the base allowing fine scraping to be carried out right into a corner, such as a fielded panel. The most important aspect of this plane is that the handles can be tilted to the left or right. This means the plane can be operated right up to an adjacent side, such as inside a box, or on a wide deep rebate, whilst keeping the user's hands well out of the way but still in complete control. The body is ductile iron 210mm(8.3/8") long. Adjustment mechanism is bronze, and the blade is cryogenically tempered tool steel 3.2mm(1/8") thick. This really is the sort of tool cabinet makers normally only dream about.
21 July 2015
Good value and good performanceIf a pleasing design necessarily goes hand in hand with versatility, performance and good value, then this scraper plane has them all! The price is only a third of the current collector's value for an original Stanley No 85. This version is engineered to the usual high standards of Lee-Neilson tools and works well on twisted grain English Oak with the blade sharpened as a normal plane blade. I especially like the middling size and comfortable handles which enable extended use without tiring. It is much better in this respect than a plain scraper or a spokeshave pattern cabinet scraper.