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What is a surform plane?

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A surform plane is a surface forming tool in the shape of a plane A surform plane is a surface forming tool in the shape of a plane.

What is a surform plane used for?

A surform plane is used to shave layers of material It’s used to flatten and smooth the surface of a workpiece, by shaving the top layer of material off.

It is also commonly used to reduce the thickness of an object by taking away pieces of material, layer by layer.

A surform plane is ideal for creating horizontal, vertical or inclined surfaces Its ability to shave off thin pieces of material means it is useful for creating horizontal, vertical and inclined flat surfaces on a workpiece.
A surform plane is often used for bullnose work A surform plane is often used for bullnose work, meaning to round off the edges or corners of an object.
A surform plane can be used on a variety of materials It is a tool that can be used on a wide variety of materials, including wood, foam, rubber, soft metals, and plastic.

What are the different types of surform plane?

Different types of surform plane A surform plane is available in either a flat or a block version. There is also a multi-purpose type available which can be used as both a plane and a file.
A flat plane is ideal for tougher materials

Flat plane

A flat plane is ideal for tough materials that may otherwise dull a traditional plane, such as hardwood or soft metals. It is manufactured with a metal body, rather than a plastic one, to allow for heavy-duty use and durability.

Smaller block planes are used one handed

Block plane

A block plane is designed with an arched handle for a more comfortable grip during use. These types of plane are ideal for fast stock removal of material or for finishing touches on a workpiece.

Larger models designed for two-handed use Some larger block planes have bodies which are designed for two-handed use.
A type of surform that can be used as a plane or a file

Planer file

A planer file is a flat plane and a flat file in one. It is a multi-purpose surform, and has a handle which can adjust to allow the tool to be used as either a plane or a file, depending on the task in hand. The handle can either be positioned vertically, to be used as a plane, or horizontally to be used as a file.

How to adjust the handle on a planer file For a guide on how to change the handle position, seeĀ How to adjust the handle on a surform planer file.

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