A55 Smoothing Plane
A smoothing plane is an essential hand tool for woodworking, as it has the ability to smooth any difficult timber surface after it has been dressed by a Jack plane, thicknesser or planer. This smoothing plane is similar to a traditional tote and handle smoothing plane with a mechanical adjuster. This suits many crafters who are used to this style, and like to have an adjuster over a wedge mechanism. Like most of our planes, this smoothing plane has a high blade angle at 55 degrees which will be optimum on hard woods or reversing grain. On timbers that are too hard to plane, you can reverse the blade to bevel up and it will perform as an 85 degree cabinet scraper.
This plane is made from gidgee which is extremely hard and long wearing. It weighs 1.55kg and is 250mm long x 67mm wide x 38mm high. You have the option of a 50mm wide x 6mm thick x 97mm long Tool Steel (TS) blade hardened to Rc 62-64 or a High Speed Steel (HSS) blade hardened to Rc 62. We recommend choosing the HSS if you wish to reverse the blade to bevel up and use the plane as a cabinet scraper, as it will hold its edge longer under heat.
To adjust the blade there is a 40 TPI fine thread screw (one 10th of a turn gives meaningful change in depth of 0.001"). The adjuster also allows you to laterally adjust the blade.
First time ever with a wood plane and in all honesty can say it feels like a new hobby. The plane is beautifully crafted and engineered, and just glides over the workpiece producing super smooth finishes. Can’t see me going back to metal bodied planes again, this is just so much fun to use. Thank you.
This plane is of world class standard, made by a true artisan. It is a handsome tool and beautifully functional.
Its a privileged feeling using a superbly handcrafted smoothing plane to apply the final finishing touches to a project. Everything about the HNT Gordon *** Smoothing Plane is as described - or maybe better.
My first experience with a plane of any kind, so I am a rank beginner. After practising on softer woods I have done some work on a jarrah top for a tool stand I am making and don't have to make another one! I love it.
Quick shipping. Arrived from Australia all the way to Canada within 5 days. A beautiful plane that’s meant to be used. Blade’s seating in the plane is so precise, such that I haven’t seen even in metal planes. The shavings are thin and Gaussian and the surface is as smooth as it could be. The blade is thick but needed a little work at the edge. There was a little dib at the cutting edge. But it was taken out by a 5 minutes sharpening on diamond plate, followed by 2000 grit sand paper. The plane worked even better afterwards. HNT knows how to make quality planes that are both a sight to cherish and a precise workhorse.