Graphical Construction Glossary >> Tools. >> Hand Tools >> Block Plane
One of the smallest of planes and used with one hand mostly, The front knob can be used for steadying the plane when doing precise work. These planes are optimised for cutting end grain but not to the extent that they can't do anything else.
They are very handy for dozens of odd jobs. Mine gets a fair amount of use adding the final touches to miter joints when I am fixing trim carpentry architraves etc. It is also very handy for adding chamfers or rounding off edges.
While there are planes that have ultra low angles and there are really expensive ones that must surely be a dream to use, I have managed my whole career with a Stanley like the one here. I guess it depends on where you are using it and the type of work that you do.
If you are a beginner get a cheaper Record and don't blame the tool if you get less than average results. You will get used to It and it will produce great work for you. Do not fall into the trap of buying the absolute best thinking that your work will improve.
Your work WILL improve with practise and as you get a feel for the tool. As with all cutting tools but it is very important with the humble block-plane "the be all and end all is sharp tools"
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