Like all tools that Bridge City makes, this bevel-up block plane blends bold, eye-catching design with state-of-the-art engineering.
To broaden the plane’s utility, its double-edged blade has a 35° bevel at one end and a 30° bevel at the other; combined with the 12° bed, they yield effective cutting angles of 47° for general applications and 42° for working end grain.
In place of a conventional lever cap, a toggle lock mechanism secures the blade yet allows unobstructed access to it at the flip of the toggle lever. To switch from one cutting angle to the other, all you have to do is release the toggle lever, reverse the blade, then lock it back down. Besides permitting fast, easy blade changes, this design also lowers the plane’s center of gravity, helping ensure a smooth, controlled stroke.
Made of A2 tool steel hardened to Rc60-62, the 1 3/8" wide blade is a stout 0.175" thick to help minimize chatter, and comes lapped to a flatness specification of ±0.002". A magnetic guard covers either edge when not in use to shield it from accidental contact.
A combined feed and lateral adjustment mechanism lets you control cut depth as well as the blade’s lateral setting with the same knob. The adjustable mouth can be closed to a narrow slit for fine shavings with minimum tear-out, or opened wide for heavier cuts.
To expand the plane’s capabilities, it comes with a pair of depth skates that mount to the plane’s side wings for accurately planing multiple workpieces to a consistent thickness. The height-adjustable skates act as depth stops, elevating the plane so stock up to 1 1/4" thick and up to 2" wide can pass underneath, while preventing the plane from cutting below the height you set.
It also comes with an aluminum fence that mounts to either side of the body to let you create accurate, consistent square edges or 45° bevels referenced to an adjacent face of the workpiece.
CNC-milled from aluminum and anodized to help maintain the surface finish, the “skeletonized” body has large openings to reduce excess weight without compromising strength and rigidity. The plane’s 6 1/2" sole and adjustable throat plate are made from stainless steel, and the large rear tote is investment-cast 304 stainless steel, polished to a mirror finish. Supplied with a drawstring storage bag, the plane comes in a French-fitted presentation case.