Lee Valley Tools    Woodworking Newsletter
   Vol. 3, Issue 6
   July 2009
   From the Collection

RTC Scraping Plane

RTC Scraping Plane

At more than 13" long and a full 3 1/2" wide, and weighing in at 8-1/2 lbs, this scraping plane is a brass casting somewhat larger than most examples of this tool. It is possible it was built for use on very large surfaces.

The two angled symmetrical 2 5/8" cherry knobs suggest that the plane can be pushed or pulled. The 3" blade is a full 7/32" thick and has a bevel ground on it, with no hook. This blade is somewhat thicker than is normally found on other scraping devices.

Blade holding mechanism   Lever cap
Blade holding mechanism.   Lever cap.

The use of this particular fixed-blade holder, or frog, is unique for a wood -scraping plane; one side is fixed vertical and the other side is a traditional cap iron, as found in a conventional plane, with the screw into the frog. This combination allows the blade to be tilted only a specific amount by the two upper adjusting thumbscrews.

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