Marples M102 Plane Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Block Planes
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.
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
"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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