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Stanley Low Angle Block Plane

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
1.0
out of 5
Brand:
Stanley
Model:
12-960
Price:
$45

Description

• Ideal for planing end grain and plastic materials
• 12-920 block plane has a fully adjustable cutter resting at 21°
• 13-1/2° low angle cutter on the 12-960 block plane keeps vibration to a minimum, creating a fine finish
• Gray, cast-iron base with precision-ground sides and bottom
• Finger grips machined into sides make single-handed use easy
• Hardened, tempered steel gives precision-ground cutter edge durability
• Cutter adjusts for depth and alignment, offering precise control
• Durable epoxy coating for long-lasting protection
• Quick-release cam-lock makes iron removal easy
• 6" low angle plane with a 1-3/8" cutter
• Fully adjustable cutter rests at 13.5 degrees

WOOD magazine review

Patience required in setting this one up

Review Summary

When we tested low-angle block planes, the Stanley 12-960 needed two hours of lapping to flatten the sole. The lateral blade adjuster was sloppy and difficult to adjust; the blade depth adjuster proved adequate, with a small amount of backlash. The blade lever lock proved difficult to set as well without moving the blade. Once we got past all those obstacles and the blade was sharp, the plane cut decently.

Detailed Ratings

2.8
out of 5

Performance

3

Features

3

Ease of Use

2

Value

3

Reader Reviews

Returned it - blade would not extend past sole

Review Summary

Got this as a christmas present. But the cutter blade kept hitting the front sole piece, even when it was adjusted to the widest possible opening. Disassembled and checked all the pieces, they seemed OK (but nothing to compare to). It appeared as though the manufacturer did not machine the sole enough, but I was not about to polish it down a 1/16" or so with sandpaper.
As noted by Wood Magazine, the sole needed to be polished - and this one was very rough. I think I'll add some money and get a better vise.

Detailed Ratings

1.0
out of 5

Performance

1

Features

1

Ease of Use

1

Value

1

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