This Trying plane (alternatively known as a jointer or jointing plane) has a higher blade angle of 60 degrees for planing hard, cranky timbers. Alternative use as a cabinet scraper by reversing the blade. Smooths long surfaces, and prepares for jointing.
This Trying plane is 460mm long x 67mm wide x 41mm high. Weighs 1.8 Kg and has the option of a 50mm wide x 6mm thick x 97mm long blade made from Tool Steel (TS) blade hardened to Rc 62-64, or a High Speed Steel (HSS) blade hardened to Rc 62. The HSS is ideal if you plan to reverse the plane to bevel up and use it as a scraper on hard timber. It has a 60 degrees blade angle for planing or 90 degrees for scraping by reversing the blade to bevel up.
The Handle allows the plane to be pushed or pulled and is removable on a taper. Made from Gidgee.
Smoothing of any long timber surface or for jointing. Works very well when used on a shooting board. Especially good on cranky grain. Alternate use as a cabinet scraper.
Trying and Smoothing Plane
Decided to spoil myself for Christmas - what a present. Out of the box able to produce beautiful fine shaving and crisp finish on Australian hardwood - no sanding required. The ability to use them as Scrapers an added bonus.
Superb for final dressing and jointing
Even as a hobbyist, you rarely want to say a tool makes you a better woodworker, but this is one such phenomenon! It's given me absolute spot-on edge jointing. With two flat reference surfaces (one for the stock, and one to lie the plane on its side - see their videos), once you get a full shaving, you don't even really need a square or straight edge to check. For flattening surfaces, it's also brilliant since it has such a long sole, but it requires you to hog off most of the waste before it can work at all. If there are too many undulations, the high angle and deep cut means the plane literally gets stuck and will NOT move. Maybe my only complaint is it's not as easy to set the blade to take a light cut (a Japanese plane is much more responsive to light taps but perhaps I'm not used to it). It's quite finicky in between trying to sight down a long sole, and making sure it's also wedged strongly enough. But once you set it right, it's an absolute delight.