|Description: A wooden plane that is heavy and large, and has a handle on the side. The plane is equipped with a screw stop, wood fence, iron guide, and an iron blade that is 1/2' wide. It has intricate wood work on one side and 'G. Davis' engraved on the plane. |
A plane is a tool for shaping wood. Planes are used to flatten, reduce the thickness of, and impart a smooth surface to a rough piece of lumber. Special types of planes are designed to cut joints or decorative mouldings.
Hand planes are generally the combination of a cutting edge, such as a sharpened metal plate, attached to a firm body, that when moved over a wood surface, take up relatively uniform shavings, by nature of the body riding on the 'high spots' in the wood, and also by providing a relatively constant angle to the cutting edge, render the planed surface very smooth. A cutter which extends below the bottom surface, or sole, of the plane slices off shavings of wood. A large, flat sole on a plane guides the cutter to remove only the highest parts of an imperfect surface, until, after several passes, the surface is flat and smooth.
For information: _http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plane_%28tool%29_