Bevel-up Jack: Change the Angle of Attack
You can change the cutting angle of these hand tools to tackle a variety of planing tasks.
When compared with bevel-up models, I find that standard jack planes are a better choice for first-time buyers because they leave a slightly better surface when doing fine work and they adjust more easily, characteristics that are beneficial, especially for someone relatively new to planing. That doesn’t mean bevel-up planes don’t have a place in the shop. With the blade bedded at a low angle, these planes were originally designed for surfacing end-grain butcher-block tops, but they have gained popularity as a general jack plane alternative. The likely reason is their versatility.
|Low angle for end grain. A blade ground at 25° results in a cutting angle of 37°, which is perfect for cleanly slicing end grain. That’s why a low-angle plane is ideal for use with a shooting board.|
Out of the box, a bevel-up plane is typically sharpened for a 37° cutting angle, which is…