William Marples Block Plane - No. M102

marples block plane m 102
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Manufacturer: William Marples

Plane Type: Block

Model No: M102

The William Marples block plane number M102 is a small 14cm plane with an in-built short finger pad front knob.

The blade depth is adjusted by manually setting the blade in the desired position and then locking the blade in place by securing the lever cap.

The curvacious lever cap secures the blade by turning the adjuster wheel underneath the lever cap. The lever cap wheel has four evenly spread circular holes through the face and has heavily knurled edges which make it look like a cog.

The Marples M102 is very similar to the Stanley 102 and Record 0102 block planes. The most distinguishing characteristic to identify the M 102 between the three at a glance is the red finish.



1.

Plane Construction

marples block plane m 102

Width (front): 36mm (1 1/2 inch)

Width (middle): 41mm (1 5/8 inch)

Width (rear): 33mm (1 1/4 inch)

Length Of Sole: 139mm (5 1/2 inches)

Mouth Width: 36mm

Cast Thickness: 2mm

Plane Finish: red


Marples M102 Plane Blade / Cutter

Width: 34mm (1 3/8 inch)

Blade Thickness: 2mm

Number of Grooves: N/A

Slot Width: N/A

Top Of Blade Shape: Curved

Blade Markings: Shamrock Symbol + W.Marples & Sons, Sheffield, Eng


2.

Plane Markings

"Marples" - found on the top face at the very front of the plane.

"M 102" - found on the top face at the front of the plane between the finger pad and the blade.

"Sheffield" + Shamrock Symbol + "England" - found on the top face at the rear of the plane.

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