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No. 60-1/2 Adjustable Mouth Block Plane

Based on the Stanley No. 60½, this versatile plane is useful for every sort of woodworking job and a pleasure to use.

The movable shoe in front of the blade allows you to easily and precisely adjust the mouth opening: fine mouth for finishing work and thin shavings, or ample opening for rank cuts.

Ductile Iron body is surface ground flat and square to a tolerance that .001" or better. Large, comfortable Bronze cap is tensioned with a 1-1/2" Brass spinwheel. Like our other block planes, the blade is adjusted with a captive nut for precise control with minimal backlash.

The blade is bedded at 12º for fine cuts and end grain work. Weight 1.5 lbs.6-1/4" long1-3/4" wideBlade is 1-3/8" wide x 1/8" thick.Blade is bedded at 12ºWeight 1.5 lbs.The No. 60-1/2 rated "BEST OVERALL BLOCK PLANE"- Fine Woodworking Tool Guide(2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014)

"TOP TOOL"- Wood Magazine, 2015


Click here to download a PDF copy of the instructions for this tool.

Adjustable Mouth Block Plane

The No. 60-1/2 Adjustable Mouth Block Plane is a general purpose tool, useful for fine trimming and finishing work, as well as rapid stock removal. The body has an adjustable shoe to allow quick and easy control of the mouth opening. The best finishes will be obtained with the blade set to take a very small cut, and with the mouth opening no larger than necessary to pass the chip. When you want to cut more aggressively, open the mouth more and advance the blade for deeper cut. For best results on end grain, set the blade and mouth fine.

Geometry:

In the Low Angle Plane, the blade is bedded at 12°, making the included cutting angle 37°.

Sharpening:

The blade comes ready to use, but honing a secondary bevelof 5° or 10° will increase performance, help achieve a razor edge quickly, and improve edge life in hardwoods. You can find sharpeninginstructions in a printable PDF format here: Sharpening Instructions PDF

For more information on advanced sharpening we recommend David Charlesworth’s video Plane Sharpening, available in both DVDand streaming formats.

Blade Adjustment:

Hold the tool in one hand with your fingers supporting the sole and your thumb on the cap iron just in front of the screw. Loosen the spinwheel and, with your thumb still holding the blade and cap, adjust the blade. Tighten the spinwheel. Do not overtighten. You should be able to adjust the blade after loosening the spinwheel about ¼ turn. Make sure the mouth is adequately open before advancing the blade to avoid damaging the edge.

Mouth Adjustment:

Hold the sole in the palm of your hand and loosen the brass locking screw. Adjust with the brass lever. Tighten the screw firmly, but do not overtighten.


Materials:

The body is cast from Ductile Iron, a very strongalloy that will take a lot of abuse. These castings are fully stressrelieved, a process that removes inherent stresses and ensuresthat the tool will remain flat and true. The cap is ManganeseBronze. Other parts are Brass and Stainless Steel.The blade is A2 Tool Steel hardened to Rockwell 60-62,cryogenically treated and double tempered. Our heat treatingtechnique ensures that the blade will take and hold a very fineedge for a long time. After heat treating, the blade is fully surfaceground on the top, back, and cutting edge, giving a smooth, flatsurface that will take a mirror finish very quickly. The 1/8” thicknessprovides solid chatter-free cutting.

Maintenance:

The body casting is ground flat and true (to.0015"). Occasional hand lapping with fine wet/dry sandpaper(320 grit or higher) on a flat surface will help remove dings andkeep it true. The cap iron can be polished with any good brasspolish, or allowed to patina with age and use. Occasionally, thetool should be disassembled, cleaned, and moving parts oiled.The blade should be kept lightly oiled to prevent rust, especiallywhen the tool is not in use. We recommend Jojoba Oil, a plant based oil product that is non-toxic, odor-free and easy to use. Also, in our shop, we use a fine abrasive handblock to remove any light surface oxide from tool bodies and blades. Jojoba Oil and abrasive handblocks are available from us.

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Guarantee:

Materials and workmanship are guaranteed for the life of your tool. Call for repairs or replacement parts. We are available for advice if you ever have a problem using your tool.

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Proposition 65 Notice:

Bronze and brass alloys contain lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Wash hands after handling.