Norris 51 Plane Review By: I.Ball
Category: Old Infill Planes
Plane Type: Infill
Model No: 51
The Norris 51 plane is a 7 1/2 inch long infill smoothing
The Norris 51 is fitted with a Norris of London parallel iron plane blade, cap iron, iron screw cap and a blade adjuster
The plane body on the 51 is referred to as a parallel side body.
The plane is stuffed with wooden infills which consist of a front bun and a closed rear handle.
The rear handle has the blade adjuster neatly built into a suitably
sized recess allowing the handle to remain as a closed handle.
The blade adjuster allows the blade to be accurately adjusted laterally and moved upwards and downwards to set the depth of cut.
This plane usually has quite a deep mouth to cater for the thick Norris cutter.
The Norris planes were the 'Rolls Royce' of their day and are still considered in high esteem today.
There was a Norris 51 M plane which is almost the same as the Norris 51 with the difference being the 51 M being made from malleable iron.
As I understand it, there is a
Norris 51 plane
and a Norris 51M but not a Norris A51
as such, or should I say not a plane advertised as a Norris A51.
The 51 and 51M planes are often classed as a Norris A51 due to both the 51 and 51M plane having a blade adjuster like the blade adjuster on the Norris A5's and Norris A6's.
The Norris planes with 'A' in the model number = 'adjustable' so in theory it would follow that the 51 and 51M are A51 and A51M planes.
Please somebody correct me if this is wrong.
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