What Is A Plane Part?

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Each Plane Part of a woodworking plane is given a specific name to help with referencing.

What Is The Plane Body? What Is The Plane Stock?

The Plane Body or Plane Stock is the main piece of the plane which the blade fits into, the plane body is the largest part of the plane which gives it its length and width.

What Is The Plane Sole?

The Plane Sole is the underside of a woodwork plane.

The plane sole can be flat or shaped.

See 'What Is A Plane?' for the different types of planes / plane soles.

What Are The Plane Sides?

The Plane Sides are the left-hand and right-hand sides of a woodwork plane.

What Is The Plane Nose?

The Plane Nose is the face of the front end of the plane.

Old wooden planes generally have a sizeable front nose whereas metal bench planes such as a Stanley 5 Jack Plane have a smaller front nose area.

What Is The Plane Heel?

The Plane Heel is the face of the rear end of the plane.

Old wooden planes generally have a sizeable rear heel whereas metal bench planes such as a Stanley 5 Jack Plane have a smaller heel area.

What Are The Plane Cheeks?

The Plane Cheeks are the inside side(s) of the throat.

On metal planes the plane cheeks can also describe the highest points on the curved sides of standard bench planes such as the Stanley No. 4 Plane or the Record 07 Jointer Plane

What Is The Plane Throat?

The Plane Throat is the open area inside the plane directly above the plane mouth.

As the plane blade cuts the wood, the shavings are forced up through the plane mouth into the planes throat.

The main purpose of the throat is to help ensure the shavings have an efficient space and means of escaping to help reduce jamming.

What Is The Plane Mouth?

The Plane Mouth is the opening / slit in the sole where the sharp cutter edge protrudes to cut the wood.

As the sharp edge cuts the wood, the shaving is propelled up through the plane mouth into the throat.


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