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.
This *** smoothing plane is my second HNT Gordon purchase. Since receiving the *** I have been practicing to get the feel for using it and to work on my technique. I addition to being a true work of art, the *** is utterly amazing to use. After only two hours, I have been able to achieve results I never thought possible! I started with a piece poplar and quickly moved to a piece of rosewood that I’m planning to use for a jewelry box and achieved a surface finish that looked like it was a piece of glass! I’ve never been able to do this with any other plane and I’m blown away with the results! Yes, they are a little more expensive, but if you want to up your game and see results you never thought possible, then you should take the plunge and purchase one of these for your shop. They are worth the price because of the results and these planes will also last a lifetime and trust me, you won’t be disappointed!!
I was working with some old, very hard wood (species unknown) that was really giving me a hard time. I now have a perfect finish with this plane. Still takes a good amount of effort but I certainly see the benefits. I can now start on the remaining 8 boards knowing that the result will be just as good.
Every bit as awesome as I had anticipated. Great quality, great in operation - a pleasure to use. I am sure that this will be a much sought after collectible vintage/antique of the future!
What a beautiful tool in appearance and the quality of workmanship is great . I brought the plane for difficult grained timbers. Easy to set up and use and the finish left on nasty timbers is exquisite . Thank you mr Gordon .
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.