No 3 Smoothing Plane
No 3 Smoothing Plane
£159.99
inc. vat
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Key Features

  • Lifetime Warranty
    If a plane should fail due to a material or manufacturing defect it will be replaced free of charge
  • Made Exclusively for Rutlands® by Luban
    A world leader in hand plane manufacturing
  • No 3 Smoothing Plane
    Used on smaller, finer projects for smoothing, finishing and trimming work
  • Bedrock Design
    Allows the frog to be adjusted without removing the blade or lever cap to adjust the mouth opening
  • Maximum Stability
    The frog extends to the slot milled in the sole of the plane, to provide support at its cutting edge
  • Stainless Steel Cap Iron and Chipbreaker
    Supports the blade against the full length frog for less chatter and tearout
  • Easily Vary the Blade Depth
    A screw mechanism allows the cutting depth to be adjusted without removing the blade
  • Lateral Adjustment Lever
    Used to ensure the blade sits square to the mouth opening
  • Precision Machined
    Stress relieved ductile iron castings are precision machined to ensure the soles are flat and square to the sides
  • T10 High Carbon Steel Tool Blade
    Which takes a keen edge, and that has been hardened to RC60-64 for maximum edge retention

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Product Details

Bench Planes
Made exclusively for Rutlands® by Luban, a world leader in hand plane manufacturing, these planes are a serious alternative to the premium brands that are produced in North America. The planes use the reliable bedrock design that gives maximum stability and support for the cutting iron during use as the frog extends all the way to the sole to provide support at its cutting edge. The renowned design has a screw mechanism that allows the frog to be adjusted without removing the blade or lever cap, easily allowing the blade to be adjusted relative to the sole to adjust the mouth opening. It can be made narrow for fine shavings or opened for coarse material.

No 3 Smoothing Plane
A smoothing plane is designed for general smoothing, finishing and trimming work. With a shorter sole, it can effortlessly create a smooth surface by following any slight contours in the workpiece and reaching parts a larger plane may have missed. A number 3 plane has more precision and is used on smaller, finer projects. The plane features a lateral adjustment level that is used to ensure the blade sits square to the mouth opening. The blade can also be adjusted vertically using a knurled brass knob to change the depth of cut. The plane has an overall length of 235mm, is 56mm wide and weighs 1.97kg.

Materials & Manufacturing
The plane body features a heavy, stress relieved ductile iron casting which is precision machined to ensure the sole is flat and square to the sides. The plane is fitted with a T10 high carbon steel tool blade which can take a keen edge, and that has been hardened to RC60-64 for maximum edge retention. A thick stainless steel cap iron and a chipbreaker supports the blade against the full length frog for less chatter and tearout. The front knob and handle are made from solid bubinga wood which provides a firm and comfortable grip. The planes have a lifetime warranty and in the event that they should fail due to a material or manufacturing defect will be replaced free of charge. ©
Bench Planes
Made exclusively for Rutlands® by Luban, a world leader in hand plane manufacturing, these planes are a serious alternative to the premium brands that are produced in North America. The planes use the reliable bedrock design that gives maximum stability and support for the cutting iron during use as the frog extends all the way to the sole to provide support at its cutting edge. The renowned design has a screw mechanism that allows the frog to be adjusted without removing the blade or lever cap, easily allowing the blade to be adjusted relative to the sole to adjust the mouth opening. It can be made narrow for fine shavings or opened for coarse material.

No 3 Smoothing Plane
A smoothing plane is designed for general smoothing, finishing and trimming work. With a shorter sole, it can effortlessly create a smooth surface by following any slight contours in the workpiece and reaching parts a larger plane may have missed. A number 3 plane has more precision and is used on smaller, finer projects. The plane features a lateral adjustment level that is used to ensure the blade sits square to the mouth opening. The blade can also be adjusted vertically using a knurled brass knob to change the depth of cut. The plane has an overall length of 235mm, is 56mm wide and weighs 1.97kg.

Materials & Manufacturing
The plane body features a heavy, stress relieved ductile iron casting which is precision machined to ensure the sole is flat and square to the sides. The plane is fitted with a T10 high carbon steel tool blade which can take a keen edge, and that has been hardened to RC60-64 for maximum edge retention. A thick stainless steel cap iron and a chipbreaker supports the blade against the full length frog for less chatter and tearout. The front knob and handle are made from solid bubinga wood which provides a firm and comfortable grip. The planes have a lifetime warranty and in the event that they should fail due to a material or manufacturing defect will be replaced free of charge. ©

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Specifications

Brand Rutlands®
Sole Length 235mm
Sole Width 56mm
Blade Thickness 3mm
Blade Width 45mm
Weight 1.97kg

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Customer Reviews

Reviews (7)
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Alex Boulter

For the money it can't be beat, although don't expect it to come perfect and ready to use. The sole was very close to perfectly flat and didn't take long to finish, however the sides aren't quite square to the sole (can't say whether quangsheng intended for them to be). The handles are nice, although the finish is a bit crude (may refinish them at some point). The bedrock frog works nicely, and all the critical areas appear to be flat/ level. The blade is nice steel and sharpens well, although the edge wasn't ground straight, and the sides aren't quite parallel. I'd recommend flattening the underside of the front of the chip breaker, and polishing the top, and also removing the grinding marks from the underside of the lever cap, which will make the depth adjustment smoother. Only real niggle (apart from the sides) is that the screw hole on the lever cap could have been countersunk, as sometimes the lever cap slides back when reducing the depth of the blade.

Gavin Mutch

I'm delighted with this purchase, the plane compares well with the premium brands I have,and represents excellent value for money.....Chuffed.

Andy

This plane represents extremely good value, especially at its offer price. Whilst the finish may not be of the standard of other planes at more than double the price its perfectly acceptable if like me you make practical use of your tools rather than just look at them. I spent about an hour honing the blade to a razor finish and flattening the sole neither of which were any worse than considerably more expensive planes I have in my workshop. A few final adjustments and I was able to take the finest shavings off of a variety of hardwoods. A very useful addition to my collection. Highly recommended.

Stephen Leacock

this plane can be tuned to within an inch of its life to produce the finest shavings ( see through ) on any timber i have encountered, so sold compared to my two old stanley 4 's

James

Fall back in love with hand tools! Finding it hard to justify the expense of the 'heirloom' brands and having to make do with cheap, inaccurate offerings I began relying on power tools in my work. The good reviews here and elsewhere convinced me to take the plunge. This is a superb tool, and I should have bought it earlier! Also bought the no. 5 Jack,which is every bit as good. Fantastic!!

Peter Johnson

I make jewellery boxes and often found that a no 4 smoother was just that little bit too big for my needs. This no 3 is perfectly sized and produces the most remarkably flat, smooth surface. It's exceptionally well made and I agree that the picture really doesn't do it justice especially as this plane has bubinga handles. A beautiful plane and a joy to use. Recommended.

Alberto

When I opened the box I had a pleasant surprise. The plane looks MUCH better than in the pictures of this site! Handles are made of bubinga with a very nice satin finish, not too 'heavy'. The blade and chipbreaker are amazingly thick, the overall finish is good, maybe not Veritas-like, but sure nicer than in the pictures. The sole needed a little flattening to be perfect while the blade was flat, a bit rough, but it is within the process of sharpening in any case. I honed it at 30ø plus a microbevel (optimal for A2 blades like this is), it produces an incredibly smooth surface. The frog sits well on the body and the blade on the frog... excellent machining and the Bedrock is a joy over the normal construction since it allows setting the blade when still mounted and gives a better support for the blade. An excellent piece of tool at a bargaign price, highly recommended.

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No 3 Smoothing Plane

Rutlands®
Part No. R1704
£159.99 inc. vat

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