Henry Eckert Chisel / Flush Plane

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Our White Bronze Chisel/Flush Plane has been around us in various forms for around a year now. Our pattern maker is over it, too many changes! He uses Jelutong wood to do the initial shape, changes are easy if you are reducing the shape but not so easy to increase the shape.

After we both signed off on the final shape we made a bronze prototype for our CNC machinist to machine. Problem… the frog like shape did not have any faces or edges where it could be secured repeatably square in the mill. More Jelutong in the bin, major changes finally got us there (although, at the time, I described the changes to our pattern maker as a couple minor mods).

The Stanley No. 97 was the first chisel or cabinet makers edge plane used to clean up or trim inside work where space is limited. Regularly used to trim plugs or flush dowels/dovetails it is also a master at removing beads of dried glue after a panel glue up.

The Henry Eckert Chisel/Flush Plane achieves all these requirements, it is an effective tool. Cast in our White Bronze it uses a plane blade to cut. It comes in two plane blade sizes, low angle adjustable mouth block plane blade or low angle jack plane blade. The base is CNC machined flat to fit either Henry Eckert PMA11V or Lie-Nielsen plane blades. It is a solid tool, lots of heft to get the job done, with a Henry Eckert blade fitted, it weighs .85 Kg, just under 2 lbs. It is precisely machined to fit the plane blade slots snugly. To ensure the fit is reliable we have used powerful rare earth magnets, one on the small blade plane and two on the larger blade plane.

A plane can be purchased separately for you to use with your own plane blades or it can be purchased with Henry Eckert PMA11V blades fitted. Our test group have suggested they will buy the plane fitted with PMA11V blades to swap their Lie-Nielsen plane blades over so they can use the PMA11V blade in their low angle planes and their Lie-Nielsen blades in the Chisel/Flush plane. Both LN & HE blades work exceptionally well with the Henry Eckert PMA11V blades staying sharp longer and also with increased toughness.

Made in Adelaide.

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