This versatile plane excels at trimming rebates and planing end grain. Of course, you can also use it as a normal block plane. Its Norris-style adjuster guarantees precise blade setting. Machined and surface ground, the 162 x 44mm body is ductile cast iron. It has a 12° bed angle and a movable toe fully enclosed by the body casting. A hardwood knob locks the toe to control the mouth opening. A setscrew in the throat acts as a stop allowing exact repositioning of the toe. The blade sits flush with the plane’s side, so corners are clean and accurate. Setscrews on either side prevent the blade from shifting in use. An adjustable spur, ahead of the blade reduces tear out on cross grain. The blade’s 15° skew, makes cutting easier and helps pull the fence into the work.
A brass knob and collet lock the 88mm long, 8mm thick hardwood fence. Tapped holes in the fence casting allow the fitting of a customised fence. The plane is available in left and right hand versions. It comes with an A2 lapped blade; 3.2mm thick, 38mm wide with a 25° bevel. The lapped blades have a flatness tolerance of ±0.005mm or better over the working surface, and with an average roughness surface finish of 0.000127mm(5 microinches) or better.
|Nett Weight||910 g (2lb)|
|Plane Blade Width||38 mm (1.1/2")|
|Plane Sole Length||162 mm (6.3/8")|
15 December 2016
A favoriteMy other planes are mostly Lie Nielsen and I had looked at the LN 140 Skewed Block Plane. However, not only is it some £50 more expensive, the LN140 design, harking back to the original Stanley is completely open to the side, which in my view makes it a little bit vulnerable, despite the additional sideplate. Furthermore, I feel the LV version has an overall better feature set. The fence locking with a collet is somehow just nicer and the mouth is adjustable, whereas it is not on the LN140. the LV on this occasion just feels nicer in the palm IMHO.
8 October 2016
A great little toolGot this one to replace a more conventional block plane. This is really a great plane, very useful for many different applications : trimming rebates, cleaning end grain (the skew blade is perfect for that) or to use as a more traditional block plane. Highly recommended !