This smoothing plane is a necessary component of your hand tool collection, with the ability to smooth an array of timber surfaces with little to no sanding required. The plane can be used as a plane or as a scraper, which ultimately provides you with two tools in one. To use the plane in planing mode you place the blade in bevel down, which results in a blade pitch of 60 degrees. By reversing the blade to bevel up you are effectively creating a 90 degree blade pitch which is the same as a cabinet scraper.
We have designed our planes to have a 60 degree blade pitch due to the superior results you will achieve on hard woods, or curly/reversing grain. You will also get great results on soft woods too, especially if there are changes in grain direction as you will be able to plane both with and against the grain.
The style of this plane is excellent as you use the plane square on (either behind or in front depending on whether you are pushing or pulling the plane). Having the option to push or pull the plane makes certain jobs easier, for example planing a table top. You can push the plane half way through the table and then pull it from the other end of the table, meaning you are getting a full length shaving. It also means your body is more in balance. The handle on this plane is removable on a taper if required.
This plane is made from gidgee and is 210mm long x 67mm wide x 38mm high, and has a weight of 0.9kg. It has 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. The HSS blade is ideal if you plan to reverse the plane to bevel up and use it as a scraper on hard timber.
It is what I come to expect from HNT. Ease of use, a workhorse and pleasing to the eye.
Instead of sanding I decided I would I use a smoothing plane. What a delight. My classmates and tutor were in awe at the beautiful shavings I was getting from my HNT. The setup was easy after watching one of Terrys videos. The pulling motion was quite intuitive for a beginner. An amazing little plane.
I attend a furniture making class and with so many planes available to use I was always hesitant to use my HNT smoother due to the different setup. Finally took the time and the results are glorious. My tutor and classmates marvelled over the shavings off some celery top pine. The pulling technique really helped me control my action as I came off the end. Really tempted to add more planes to my collection.
Beautiful to use
Beautiful to use. Still getting the hang of adjusting it (give yourself a few tasks and a couple of hours). It has quite a different feel to an iron plane; but do yourself a favour and try one of Terry's planes properly for a little while. It really is a delight to use. And, like all his kit, looks like a work of art.
Absolute joy to use, so simple to setup and get started. Favourite plane to use