The Daily Matt No. 74

February 9, 2010

Today’s episode we take a quick look at some of the adjusters on the metal bodied planes. During an earlier episode I tried to explain the parts of a plane, but there was one little adjuster I completely overlooked.

So while I go back to discuss this little adjuster that does a lot I thought we could talk about the entire adjusting process, using both the mechanical adjusters and a good old fashion plane hammer.

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  1. BedrockBob says:

    I am sure you know this but there are two different bevel up planes. The Low Angle and the Standard Angle. The blade in the low angle is set at 12° and the standard angle is set at 20°. So if you have a 25° bevel on the blade then in the standard angle plane your cutting angle is 45° and 37° on the low angle plane.

    • Matt says:

      Hi Bob,

      The larger bevel-up planes, the smoothers, jack and jointers all have bed
      angles of 12 degrees. The only bevel-ups I’m aware of that come in either a
      Standard 20 degrees or low-angle 12 degrees are block planes.

      But, you’re absolutely right, altering the blade’s bevel angle will alter the
      cutting angle of the plane.
      Thanks for writing.

  2. Brian Meeks says:

    I generally prefer to read blogs about woodworking, but I have found that your videos are very well done. My gripe with many videos is that the speakers aren’t very professional, this is not the case with your podcasts. You do a great job and I found today’s episode to be very informative and enterataining. I look forward to tomorrows.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Matt says:

      Hi Brian,
      Thank you! I really appreciate the comment. My goal is to be informative without being overwhelming, something I think is important for those who are just getting started.
      I don’t remember who it was that introduced me to your blog, but I’m enjoying the content. Thanks for writing posts that are a great read.
      Thanks again.

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