Tool Test: Blum Bench Planes Offer Precise Control

By Christopher Schwarz
Page: 32

From the October 2008 issue #171
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Anyone who dabbles in the history of handplanes can tell you this: There are no new designs out there. However, after trying the new Blum planes, I’m not sure I agree.

They have a lightweight wooden body, which gives them a traditional feel. But the blade adjuster is far more precise than what you’ll find on a traditional metal plane. It’s a unique combination of traits that appeals to a wide variety of woodworkers, which I discovered at a recent event we had in our shop.

Despite the unfamiliar controls, most woodworkers quickly took to the Blum planes and easily produced wispy shavings. Because the controls that regulate the blade are unusual, let’s take a look at them.


From the October 2008 issue #171
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