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Block planes might seem like tools better suited for a woodshop than a job site, but veteran carpenter and builder Gary Striegler finds plenty of uses for block planes. Striegler offers comments on six block planes that he finds useful when he's working on a house. Ranging in price from $10 to $150, the planes are helpful for a variety of tasks, from tuning up a miter joint to sharpening shims.
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12-920 Bailey Block Plane
The Stanley 12-920 Bailey block plane has a fully adjustable cutter that rests at 21° and adjusts to 13 1/2°. It has a quick-release cam-lock that makes iron removal easy and with finger grips machined in the side, it's a comfortable tool in your hand.
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BP-605 Block Plane
With the cutter is set at an angle of 13 1/2° and is adjustable for depth of cut, Groz Tool's BP-605 is a small economically-priced block plane useful for working on end-grain and small scale chamfering and planing jobs
60-1/2 Block Plane
The body of this Lie-Nielsen 60-1/2 block plane is ground flat and square to a tolerance of less than .001 in. and features a moveable shoe for precise and easy control over the mouth opening. The bronze cap iron is tensioned with a 1 1/2 in. brass spinwheel. Blade on the Low Angle tool is bedded at 12°, the Standard Angle at 20°. Blades are ground with a 25° flat bevel.
(2 user reviews)
12-101 Block Plane
The Stanley 12-101 is a small, lightweight plane that works suprisingly well and is perfect for the kinds of jobs you don't want your expensive planes to risk
(1 user review)
MS1290LZA 12-in. Sliding Compound-Miter Saw
The Ridgid's fit and finish are second to none, and it’s a solid performer in nearly every area
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