Luban #102 Bronze Low Angle Apron Plane
Cast in bronze, this delightful Luban Apron Block plane is traditionally carried in the apron pocket, ready for immediate and frequent use.
Compact and easy to use with one hand, it has a 25 degree T10 bevel up blade bedded at 12 degrees. Like it's larger cousins it has a 'smoother than liquid chocolate' low ratio type 3 adjuster.
In the early stages of a piece, an apron plane might be used to make small adjustments to the ends of squared timber blanks, or to create chamfers on waste material before it is cut away, both to aid visibility and prevent breakout.
In the later stages it may be used to fine tune joinery or sliding components to achieve the desired fit; or to take tiny threads off sharp corners to strengthen them. In some cases it may even be needed after a piece is finished, to correct the odd squeak or binding drawer.
- Body: Cast bronze (so it won't rust).
- Weight 470g
- Conforms to British Standard.
- 3mm thick, 32mm wide cutting iron cutting iron made from T10 carbon steel hardened to RC60-63.
- Sole dimensions 137mm x 35 - 40mm (coffin sided).
Notes on use:
- To adjust the blade, loosen the cap wheel until it is just beginning to exert the lightest possible pressure on the blade. Position the blade laterally with finger and thumb and then, with the plane sole down on a piece of timber, advance the blade until it just makes contact with the surface. Wind the cap iron screw twice (about half a rotation) and take a test shaving and adjust if necessary. You don't need to apply all of the tension that the thumbwheel is capable of, it has the mechanical advantage of a screw thread and a 2:1 lever advantage, so two twists is plenty.